You Got A Gym Membership, Now What?

From weight machines to treadmills, free weights to ellipticals, most gyms feature a wide variety of equipment to choose from. If you’re new to the gym, you may be overwhelmed and not know where to start.
Many gyms offer new members free workouts with a trainer. This initial session is a great way to get a feel for what activities you like and those you may not. If that’s not an option, here are ideas to get your gym routine started:*
Most likely, your gym has a row of treadmills, ellipticals and exercise bikes, and it may even have a rowing machine or a stair climber. Try to incorporate 30 minutes of cardio into your routine using one of these machines. Rotate between them throughout the week to work different muscle groups.
Strength Training
There are many ways to add resistance to your workout. Free weights, bands, exercise balls, punching bags or a weight machine are all excellent options for strength training.
Lucky you if your gym has a pool! Hop in and start swimming laps. Swimming is a good non-weight-bearing activity that works wonders for your cardiovascular system.
Incorporating high-intensity interval training (HIIT) into your exercise routine simultaneously builds cardio fitness and engages your muscles. If your gym offers group classes, try to incorporate a HIIT class 1-2 times per week.
Group Aerobic Classes
Speaking of classes, a group aerobics class can help to keep you motivated. Whether it’s a high-intensity class or a relaxing yoga class, these activities break up your routine. On average, a 160-pound person can burn around 533 calories during a one-hour high-impact class, and around 364 calories in a low-impact class.
Remember, sticking to a routine is much easier if you actually enjoy what you’re doing. Don’t forget to mix it up if you feel yourself getting bored!

*Before starting any exercise or weight loss program, consult your physician.

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