Every Gym Newbie Should Start on The Right Foot

Every Gym Newbie Should Start on The Right Foot

If you want to join a gym but you don’t know where to start, this is the right place to be. It is your first day in a gym and everything seems complicated and hard to figure out a workout routine? Everyone has been in this position at least once in their lifetime. So, you are not the only one who doesn’t know how to use a treadmill or a stepper. There are some basic rules to remember when starting out a fitness program. So, whether you are doing this for losing weight or building strength, keep on reading the following lines. In this article, we will try to help you discover how things work in a gym and how you can get started off on the right foot in order to achieve your fitness goals.

A gym newbie’s guide to healthy eating

First of all, it is very important to understand that nutrition is very important for fitness. A well-balanced diet goes hand in hand with training to make a successful workout program. Having a healthy breakfast is quite important as it is the first meal of the day and it has to be high in protein and carbs. Also, a healthy breakfast will boost your energy, making you feel more energized and ready to start an intense workout. However, in order to keep your energy going, there are a few steps to follow. According to several nutritionists, most cereals are surprisingly high in sugar, so you can substitute them for oatmeal or another type of cereals that are very high in fiber. Furthermore, it is recommended to replace white bread with whole-grain bread and pair it cottage cheese, eggs, milk or yogurt. It is also worth mentioning that you can find carbohydrates in fruits, vegetables and beans, so you should stop eating sweets and processed foods for carbohydrates. Also, as an athlete, you will need more proteins than others. You can take your proteins from red meat (beef, lamb), poultry (turkey, chicken), fish, milk or vegetables. As you probably know, vegetables, as well as fruits, are rich in vitamins and minerals. Your body needs them to survive and function properly.

Focus on progression

Like most athletes, when starting your workout you will be tempted to try all those new machines and pieces of equipment that you have never tried before. You will want to use treadmills, steppers and other complicated machines. Instead, it is recommended to start with something that makes you feel comfortable, even if that means starting out with small barbells or dumbbells. You can start with something easy and after you can gradually increase the difficulty of your workout. In what regards the types of exercises that you are doing, it is quite important to know your goals before starting out. We understand that it could be a bit overwhelming to be surrounded by all those pieces of equipment that you don’t even know to use them. That’s why every beginner should have its own plan. Decide what your goals are and make your plan at home. For example, if you want to lose weight, focus on exercises that will help you do that. On the other hand, if you want to build strength, there are dozens of exercises that will help you work your muscles. With a plan in mind, you will feel more confident and relaxed in a gym.

Devices that help you track your fitness activity

There are so many devices that can track your fitness activities nowadays, that it could be quite difficult to find the right one for your needs. Whether it is a body fat scale that monitors your weight or an advanced activity tracker that monitors your whole fitness activity, including your sleep and heart rate, it is important to know several things about all this wide range of intelligent gadgets.
Let’s start with a body fat scale. As you probably know, a body fat scale is a device that measures your weight. There’s nothing new under the sun, you will say. In fact, the most interesting thing out there is the fact that most of the latest models use an advanced technology and are equipped with some impressive features that will surely surprise you in a good way. For example, some body scales are equipped with sensors that measure BMI, body fat and muscle mass. On the other hand, other models can also measure bone mass and visceral fat and they can even connect to an app via Bluetooth in order to provide accurate data. You can also find scales that provide information about fat-free body weight, protein and basal metabolism. Some devices can give you information only about your weight while other can measure many health stats.

Another must-have fitness gadget is a fitness tracker. As it names itself suggest, it is a device capable of tracking your fitness activity. A quality fitness tracker should be able to do at least two things: count your steps and estimate your calories burned. Some of the most advanced models also can monitor the distance traveled and your sleep quality. Also, if you are interested in purchasing a device that can count how many stairs you can climb each day, you need to choose a model that comes with an altimeter or accelerometer.

Steve Volk