|If the First Lady can do it, so can YOU!|
- Weight gloves -- It's not sexy to have calloused fingers, especially when it can be avoided!
- Gym shoes -- You don't want to do weights and indoor cardio with your best running shoes, and you don't have to.
- Different outfits -- Be sure to check out my post for Beginner Runners Part 1 and Summer Running Gear Part 1 and 2 for some ideas.
- Hand weights
- Fitness ball
- Medicine ball aka exercise ball aka weighted fitness ball
- Fitness tubes and/or bands
- Adjustable step
- Static bike, treadmill, or elliptical trainer
Go in with a plan -- Know what you want out of each session before you start. If you want to focus on the legs, butt, abs, focus on those muscle groups. Group each session into manageable chunks so you don't feel overwhelmed. Also, this prevents you from having to be at the gym for hours at end.
Safety first -- There is nothing worse than going to the gym and not knowing how to use the machines. Don't guess. Ask for help if you need it. If not you may hurt yourself. Or not work the muscle appropriately. You don't want all that hard work going to waste! The same holds true for at-home exercisers.
Find a motivator -- For me it's hanging up photos of all my exercises in my gym room and posters of races I've run. (I tend to print out exercises from online sites).
Start out with the basics -- Tempting though it may be to start out with the challenging things right away, don't. The most important thing is form. Do the exercise the right way and don't rush through them. Once you have it down, increase the weight or the reps. When you get bored with that move onto something new.
Switch it up -- Even the best exercise regimen can get stale. Change something every three months for continued results. It can be using heavier weights, doing more repetitions or changing the routine completely. You decide. I like to change things up. Although I still have my "go-to" exercises that I love.
Enjoy yourself -- It goes without saying, right?
- How to stick with a workout program.... and
- MY workout program!