What follows is meant for beginners. I’m warning gym rats in advance.
Here is what happens
Every January there is a mini-rush hour at the gym.
The rush hour comes from the people who say they are going to fix the flab and shot-down bodies once and for all.
The annual rush is predictably followed by a major fallout in the first month, followed by a more gradual fallout until maybe two percent of the new members remain -- at best.
This might help you avoid becoming a statistic
If you go to any gym, anywhere in the world, there is a group of regulars. Regular means they show up regularly. Easy to understand?
Regulars also look like they train. You don't look like you are fit unless you train -- not on-and-off, but regularly.
The first rule is you have to show up.
Schedules are the days per week that you do your thing.
Some regulars do an every other day schedule. Others do it every day. Or whatever.
Your schedule is not as important as the fact that you have one, you stick to it, and you change it when needed.
Most seasoned regulars have learned how to listen to their body so they can tell when it needs a day off.
Many regulars must force themselves to miss a day, because it has become such a part of their lifestyle.
The point to remember is it is important to listen to your body, but don't be a weeny and cry if you have a sore muscle.
You need to know what you will do when you get to the gyn. A lot of people take a notebook with the routine laid out.
YouTube is full of demos of exercises and routines. And there are tons of fitness websites where you can get ideas for free.
And you have the option of hiring a trainer. All gyms have trainers, but hiring one is not a prerequisite for joining a gym.
There is a fitness program known as T-25 that you can see on YouTube. I believe the types of exercises in the program are very effective and I do that genre of exercises, which integrate weight and cardio.
Most regulars have in common that they change their routines on a regular basis. Not dramatically, but they mix it up.
Do this, get results
You have to do your routine or program or class or whatever you decide you are going to start out with.
I don’t recommend at home workouts unless you are able to self-motivate.
Somebody on the above infomercial says something like this: My previous exercise routine was sitting on the couch watching the infomercial and telling myself I should start working out.
A regular worth knowing about
Jan is a regular. Her age is 85. I have talked about Jan in the past, but wanted to again so I could use a better photo and because she said something recently that is worth mentioning.
Jan is a regular at World Gym in Lehigh Acres, Florida where I workout several days per year. She is worth reading about.
When I tell people about Jan I sometimes forget to say that when she leaves the gym she rides her bicycle for up to 20 miles.
I’m paraphrasing, but Jan said recently that she probably needed to change her workout because she had not done so in a while. That is a good thing for beginners to remember because if you get into a weight loss or fitness program you will hit plateaus.
Plateau just means your progress flattens out. It happens to everyone, and it always means you need to alter your workout or what you eat because your body wants a new challenge.
If the future means anything to you
If you are a female ask yourself: When you are 85 would you rather look like Jan or the typical 85 year old woman?
I believe you can benefit from the fitness lifestyle no matter what your age when you begin, but I definitely warn that if you wait too long to get started you will regret it.
The problem with waiting is that you may not be able to turn yourself around because your body and hormones are a disaster.
Of course, I could be wrong and being fit does not make any difference in how we look and feel. I am not going to gamble.
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