Planning for fitness: What you need to get started at the gym

Getting started at a gym can be a big step towards a more fit future. Here are some tips for making sure that you get a good start at your new gym and experience success in your overall fitness routine.


The right workout clothes

It is important that workout clothes fit properly and are comfortable. Clothing that wicks away moisture is essential, and layering can allow you to adjust your clothing according to specific activity levels. If you are doing a less intense workout or just warming up you might want a stylish yet comfortable sweatshirt or a transparent over-shirt. Proper supportive garments can reduce sprains and strains and help to prevent knee injuries ; since knee injuries and strains are very common workout-related problems, this is an important area of workout gear to consider. Compression sleeves and socks are available in many stylish colors and are quite comfortable to wear. In fact, you may very well forget you are wearing them at all until you realize that you are not as sore as you expected to be after your workout.

Water bottle and towels

You need a water bottle that suits you. Although no one wants to lug around a gallon of water, some people have greater hydration needs than others. Invest in a bottle that is bright and easy to see. If you purchase a common brand, make sure you customize it in some way so it does not get mixed up with someone else’s bottle at the gym. A few high quality towels are also essential for cleaning up after an intense workout session. Invest in quality because gym towels can take a lot of abuse.


Your favorite music

Make sure to always have music available that gets you pumped and motivated. Workouts will seem like they fly by with the right music. Try some workout mixes from music services like Spotify or Pandora if you want something quick or, as an alternative, make your own unique workout playlists. Make sure that you have enough battery life on your device to get through your workout; if in doubt invest in a USB battery bank so you have a backup if your battery runs down. They are inexpensive and as small as a tube of lipstick.

Home equipment

Although joining a gym will give you access to a wide variety of fitness equipment, there may be times when you simply cannot make it there. If you don’t have time to drive to the gym or the weather is bad enough to keep you at home, you just might be able to fit in a 30-minute workout at home. Having some basic equipment such as free weights, an exercise ball, and a comfortable exercise mat can encourage you to find a few moments here and there when there is no time for the gym. These small pieces of equipment are practical even for those living in apartments or other small spaces.

Keeping up with your workout routine no matter what can lead to you ultimately achieving and maintaining your personal fitness goals.



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