So you’ve decided to start exercising again. Or maybe you’re going to work out for the first time ever. Either way, congratulations! Exercise has so many benefits for both your mental and physical health. And, if you’re going about it the right way, exercising can be an effective and fun form of self-care. After a while, it might become one of the more enjoyable parts of your day.
That being said, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. The fitness industry is huge, and there’s a lot that’s unknown. With all the fads and programs for sale, it’s hard to know where to start. Yet everyone else at the gym seems to know exactly what they’re doing. Sporting headphones and trendy workout gear, the other gym-goers seem confident and collected.
You’re probably brimming with questions, and you’re not sure who to ask. Like: How often should you work out? What routine should you try? What should you do when you start to feel like you want to quit?
As a group fitness instructor who has taught HIIT, strength, and kickboxing classes, I’ve met lots of people just like you — people who are trying to get started at the gym, but don’t know exactly how to do it. I’ve taught group fitness classes to participants of all ages and fitness levels since 2015, when I received my certification through AFAA. And I have a lot of personal experience with fitness myself. Taking all of that into account, here is a rundown of everything you need to know before you get started with exercise.