It’s that time of year. The end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016. About half of the country is about to start on the “New Year, new you” type of mentality. Think about what your New Year’s resolution was at the beginning of this year and if you’re keeping good on that promise to yourself. Chances are that it is somehow related to your personal health and you probably gave up on it around 01/13/2015. That’s pretty normal though. Personally, I stopped doing the New Year’s resolution thing a while ago, but the only resolution that I have ever stuck too is flossing my teeth everyday. This is true, I still do it.
As the fitness conscious crowd know, there is nothing more frustrating than going to the gym the two weeks after the new year. The gyms offer all kinds of sales on memberships that people are going to buy anyways because they want to turn their life around for the new year. The advertisements from the gyms add to the fitness feeding frenzy that is almost enough to discourage the fitness faithful from frequent attendance.
While there isn’t a way to stop this, there are a few ways that it can be improved from both sides of the coin…
The first bit of advice I’m going to share is going to go out to the people who have decided that the new year is going to be the start of their fitness journey…
If you’re really that serious about transforming your body or changing your health for the better than, it would be in your best interest to take a few necessary steps:
- Go to the gym outside of peak hours… The busiest hours at most gyms are from four in the afternoon till six in the afternoon. There’s only so many pieces of equipment that can be used. You will get the most out of your workout and feel less pressured by other people if you attend the gym when there are less people around. Going to the gym outside of peak hours may also help your self esteem because you will have to worry about less people watching you. You will also have more time to work on your form.
- If you have to go to the gym in peak hours…please stay out of the way of the regulars (you know who they are). There’s no need to do more than four set on any station or machine. You should be able to tell if someone else wants to use it or if you’ve just been sitting there to long.
- Look up routines beforehand…This will save you and everyone else time. Your workout will in turn be more effective and concise. You will also look like you aren’t going there for the first time.
- Your goal of going to the gym is probably weight loss…You should probably do the majority of your workout on cardio machines. You won’t lose much weight lifting weights (unless you do it really fast…bad idea). There’s a lot more cardio equipment in the gym then anything else, so it will also benefit you in that way.
- Exercise is only part of the equation…Eating healthy or eating in a way that fits your goals/activity level will always reign supreme over exercise. You can’t “exercise out” a poor diet. Your workouts will be less effective when your body is running on poor nutrients and “empty calories”. That’s another story entirely.
For the gym rats/fitness faithful:
Yes the New Years resolutions are annoying and sometimes have no idea what they’re doing at the gym. There’s really no need to stress about the situation because chances are your gym will be back to normal by January 14th. Some of the New years resolutions will by default stick around and continue working out at your gym. There’s no need to be disrespectful to them now for two reasons: 1. By attending the gym, they are showing the effort needed to make a positive change. 2. You could have been where they are 365 days ago.
Lets be honest, the gym is probably intimating for a new person coming in that has no idea what they’re doing there. When I regularly attended corporate gyms, I witnessed “new years resolutions” perform some exercises and using some form/techniques that I’d consider pretty dangerous. I usually tried to stay out of their way and not embarrass them, but sometimes I just had to because it was the right thing to do in regards to their welfare. I’d have to suggest that anyone that sees any of this going on should try to help out or at least suggest to them that they consult a personal trainer. Its just not worth getting hurt over.
Other than that just do you. Maybe its time to change up it and do better.