For many people, a gym membership is a convenient way to stay fit. Whether you want to start visiting the gym regularly, or do already to supplement your weekly personal training, here are some tips to ensure that you are getting the most out of your time and those monthly membership payments!
Make sure you mix it up. If you feel like you are not making progress despite regular gym visits, then you possibly need a new routine. Switch machines and try something new. Swap time spent on the treadmill with a programmed workout on the bike or cross-trainer. Spend one gym visit per week focusing on strength or core training, another on cardio. If you feel you are no longer progressing with exercise, change your routine; a month should be long enough to see whether the alterations are having an effect.
Make the most of gym facilities and classes. It’s easy to stick to what you know, but don’t be intimidated to try new things. Ask your personal trainer or staff at the gym for recommendations, such as spinning, aerobic or even kick-boxing or self-defence classes. If you pay for a membership, many classes will already be included in the price, so they won’t cost you any extra.
Challenge yourself by setting goals that you can accomplish over time. The reason many people begin exercising toward their ideal body weight is because of an important milestone, a birthday, wedding or holiday. Make these milestones part of your regular weekly routine; aim to burn 10,000 calories over a set time frame, or build up to completing a 5k run. Not only will you work harder towards a goal, but achieving it will make you feel justifiably proud of your efforts.