6 tips for making the gym a more enjoyable experience
The problem with going to the gym is, exercise is a chore! If you hate exercise and don’t really know what you’re doing, visiting the gym can be an uncomfortable, embarrassing and sometimes scary experience.
But fear not! Here are some simple tips to make visiting the gym a far less daunting event, maybe even a fun experience.
- Get a gym buddy. Seriously, this will make the whole thing a million times more fun. I train with the lovely Matt Boyles from fitteryou.net and if he’s on holiday or away, I basically either don’t enjoy myself, or don’t go at all. A training buddy makes a workout a fun social event as much as a training session.
- Have mini goals. “Getting fit” is not a good enough goal. You’re never gonna come away from a gym session and say “Yes! Today was the day I got fit” because fitness gains are progressive and difficult to see. If you monitor what weight you’re lifting or your time/distance on your cardio machines, you’ll be able to break a few records every time you go to the gym. It’s those little victories that make the whole thing worthwhile.
- If you’re on your own, take an audio book, a podcast or a decent playlist. I’m a big fan of audiobooks, business books in particular. I listen to them on my scooter when travelling around the city and when in the gym on my own. It can educate you and motivates you making the task of hitting the gym seem more like a valuable learning experience.
- Buy good gym kit. I insisted that my wife (girlfriend at the time) bought some better kit because she looked like she had absolutely no clue, which was affecting her confidence in the gym. Even if you don’t have the perfect body, having the right kit can really boost your confidence.
- Learn from experts. If you’re worried about not knowing what to do, the worst thing you can do is just try some random, made up exercises. Watch youtube videos, read a book or a magazine and get a programme from there. Heck, you could even get one of my programmes.
- Don’t worry about what other people think. Most people are looking at themselves, not you. Focus on your technique using the mirrors and zone out from the rest of the gym. People care more about themselves than what you like like.
There you are. 6 tips to help you smash it next time you hit the gym.