January is the month that anyone, and everyone, decides to hit the gym to meet one of the biggest New Year's resolutions across the nation. Which one? To lose weight and get in shape. People wait through the tough holiday season with parties and holiday meals, just to start fresh on January 1st.
Whether it's the first time you're working out, or it's your 1000th workout, it doesn't make you above some do's and don'ts of New Year's fitness resolutions or gym etiquette.
1. Do set realistic milestones
Everyone sets big goals, but small milestones set the tone for your fitness journey. Whether the goal is to lose 20lb. or 100lb. it's important to set milestones that make you feel successful.
2. Do treat yourself with something other than food
Our society lives for food. Our social lives are surrounded by restaurants and cocktails, and by rewarding good behavior with food. For example; if you eat all of your dinner it's okay to have a dessert. It's common practice to have a celebratory dinner with a few cocktails if you're promoted at work. Instead, put $5.00 aside every time you lose a pound or two. By they time you reach your goals you could have enough to get a nice outfit, or get a mani/pedi.
3. Do set a convenient schedule for you
Setting a workout schedule that does not work with your every day activities such as work, kids or school is bound to make going to the gym difficult. For instance, go to the gym if you know you're a morning person, or if that's the only time of the day you have free.
4. Do wipe down your machines
Whether you're on a bench, or a piece of cardio equipment, it's important to wipe down the machines. It helps reduce bacteria and viruses. If you're cardio royalty; don't forget to wipe down the base of the cardio machine, as well as the handles.
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5. Don't leave the weights on the machines
It's very simple: If you're strong enough to take the weights off the rack then you're strong enough to put the weights back. There's nothing worse than racking a 600 lb. leg press because some jerk didn't rack his weights. It only makes the regular members mad, and it's certainly intimidating for someone who is new and isn't strong enough to rack it.
6. Don't go to the gym with a cold
Sneezing and coughing on the equipment and the gym members is gross. It's also counter productive. Listen to your body and stay home if you don't feel well.
7. Don't expect it to be easy
There is nothing easy about WORKing out. The operative word is WORK. WORK out. WORKed out. WORKing out. WORK outs. Do you see what I mean? Plan to WORK through your New Year's fitness resolutions. There is no other way to get the benefits of exercise, or to reach your goals, without WORKing for it.
8. Don't take up space because you're on your phone
Technology is everywhere. That includes in the gym. However, minimize the use of your phone when in the gym, or use it in an area other than on a machine. It's extremely annoying to everyone waiting for you to finish with a bench because you're texting your friends instead of working out. If you're texting, or shuffling through your music every few minutes, you're taking space from someone who is serious.
Lisa M. White
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