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Survival Guide: The Gym

4 January 2016
The gym. Those two words alone are enough to fill your average person with dread. Don't get me wrong, the gym can be a scary place, especially if you don't know where to start. You've got all your gym stereotypes coming to life in from of you, all under the one roof, but hey, social media has taught you all about them already, who am I to judge? It's an intimidating place - even after 2 years as a gym regular, there are occasions where I am filled with dread the moment I walk through the doors. But it doesn't have to.




Find a Gym Buddy
Find anybody, and I mean anybody, willing to go with you - your mum, dad, sister, brother, friend, colleague, ANYBODY with a pair of trainers and the desire to get rid of the Christmas chub (me). Not only does having somebody to train with give you the motivation to go to the gym in the first place but it also gives you a distraction from the ongoing sense that you may perhaps be dying in an effort to get fit after eating one to many mince pie (again, me).

Buy Some New Workout Clothes
This step is probably the easiest of the lot. Aside from the big brands, near enough every clothes retailer sells some form of gym gear these days, whose price won't bring a tear to your eye. Plus, there's nothing better than a new outfit; particularly when that new outfit acts not only as gym wear, but the perfect, lazy day attire as well.

Get Yourself a Programme
Sounds fancy huh? It's anything but and it's a super easy way to keep motivated to go back to the gym - when you have a guide to follow, everything becomes 110% easier. If the thought for asking for help from one of the staff makes you feel slightly nauseous (I totally feel you), there are 101 sites out there that will get you up and running with a programme in no time, whatever your needs may be.  As of just now, I along with the rest of the world can't get enough of Australian personal trainer Kayla Itsines, whose BBG workouts are phenomenal for getting yourself into gear, with quick and easy to understand circuits. She has a 7 day free trial of her workout guide, which you can download straight to your phone here.

Lift Weights
Scary? Trust me, I know, but I can say from experience that it is one of the most rewarding aspects of the gym. Not only will you progress quickly and see noticeable differences but the health benefits are enormous. And trust me ladies, you will not become some sort of 'She-man'.

Be safe out there, January is a scary time to be hitting the gym, what with it being permanently busy after the festive period. Stick with it for a few weeks and things will be a whole lot easier and you'll feel 110% better - physically and mentally.

Until next time, 

xo
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