Going to the gym, especially for the first time, can be intimidating. It may seem as if everyone there is a fitness junkie, but that is hardly ever the case. People use the gym for stress relief, weight loss, and body building. No matter what your reasoning for working out may be, it can be easy and even fun to get started or continue reaching your fitness goals when you know how. Here’s a few tips for beginners and how to maximize your work out and achieve your goals! 

Get in a routine

Decide when and where you want to work out and then consistently follow this plan. Going at the same time every day will make it easier to make a workout part of your daily routine. You’ll find the more often you follow the routine, the more of a habit it will become. 

Attend group classes

Most college campuses offer these to students for no additional charge. Your local gym probably has options as well. There’s a variety of different classes available at most gyms, from Zumba to Pilates to BodyPump. Find a class that interests you, grab a friend, and go burn those calories. This will mix up your work out and make time go back super fast! 

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Use an app to track your calories

You’ll become more mindful of what you eat by doing this, but do not forget to account for the calories you burn during a workout as well. There’s many different apps for this purpose! Find the one that works best for you. 

Buy cute workout clothing

If you have cute clothes for the gym, you’ll want to show them off. These can be found at prices to fit any budget. Plus, you’ll already be confident before the workout even begins.

Have an accountability partner

If you prefer to workout with others, ask friends to join you. If you prefer to workout solo, have a friend who will ask you about your workout. This will hold you accountable to someone other than yourself, which can better help you achieve your goal! 

Use a fitness tracker

Fitbit, Garmin, Apple Watch, etc. Whether you write down your calories burnt and your max on weights or keep up with it on an app, track your fitness in order to keep up with your progress. There are an abundant amount apps available for your phone or smart watch that track steps and workouts with minimum effort required from you. You wouldn’t believe how motivating it is to see how many steps, calories, etc. you’ve done. 

Do not continue to put off reaching your goals. Get started today, your future self will thank you.

Whitney E

Whitney is a senior majoring in communication at Mississippi State University. When she's not preparing for law school, you can find her online shopping or planning a trip to Disney World. She loves Ronald Reagan, traveling, and all things preppy.