In time with tear flow

I’ve been trying to do it right

Monday, January 5, 2015. I’m going to take a guess and pick this as the date most people will start their new exercise regimen. I’m hoping you’ve read my last post and have made the decision to ease into this and do it smartly.

Have you given it much thought? What it is you’re going to do? Or are you going to show up at your gym and let the staff show you around and pick out the equipment for you. It can be overwhelming, the amount of equipment: cardio equipment such as bikes, recumbent bikes, tread mills, stair climbers, elliptical machines, resistance equipment like free weights, machines, and even straps that suspend you from the ceiling! This can be overwhelming to say the least. But there are things you can do to be prepared so that when you are taken on the tour you are ready to ask questions.

I wasn’t prepared

So, what do you do? I think most people end up letting the gym staff recommend what to do. I guess that’s ok if you are ok with it. But you may be losing out. You could end up doing things that aren’t really interesting to you. I think a lot of times when this happens people just end up going through the motions. Then a month or two later the gym is no longer part of their routine.

It’s a lot to take in but I think it’s important to educate yourself as best as you can as to what it is you need to do and what it is you like to do. I’m one of those people who can run on a treadmill for an hour or two and it doesn’t bother me, in other words I don’t go crazy. Running on a treadmill for half an hour can be a challenge for most people because it is so freaken boring! Running nowhere, looking at the same scene over and over.

Maybe you have a passion for biking? I don’t know but you should know. If you don’t know than be flexible and try different equipment until you find something you like.

Something to remember. Cardio workouts do not need to be done on the traditional equipment such as treadmills, bikes, etc. A cardio workout can be in the form of simple things such as burpees, high knees, mountain climbers, etc. If you do end up using one of the traditional pieces of equipment don’t get stuck working out with your heart rate at a moderate to low rate. Read up on HIIT and you see why.

The other piece of the…

What about resistance training. Do you know why you are doing it? Do you have a goal? Do you know what equipment to use? Most likely not. But it’s your body, your time that is either going to benefit or be used wisely.

Know what it is you want to achieve talk to the person showing you around and let them know your goals. If you are still unsure as to what you are doing, engage a personal trainer and talk to her/him as to what your goals are.

Do you need to use the latest equipment such as TRX straps for suspension training? Maybe, but if you are a beginner I would pass on this. There is so much you can do with the basics of dumbbells, barbells, and some machines.

Simple

Know what it is you want to achieve. If you don’t have a goal how will you know if you are successful or how will you stay motivated? Having goals is an important part of fitness.

Try different things until you find something you like. If you aren’t engaged when working out you won’t be working out anymore. When the mind goes the body follows. I like that saying. It’s true in many aspects.

What else

Let’s see, have goals, try different equipment, keep it simple, do something you like. I think that’s a good start.

And ask questions. It’s your body, you are the one who will either benefit or suffer based on the training you do.

And how about this, hire a personal trainer even if it’s short term. You will be surprised, amazed at what they can do for you. I know you won’t regret it.

One more thing I want to say, and it’s important. You owe it to yourself to be what it is you want to be, to do what it is you want to do. It’s not always easy, but the good things aren’t always easy, are they.

You won’t regret it. I think you know that already.

Yours in health,

Darryl