Hello New Year! Hello pressure to go to the gym! We understand that it’s intimidating, but don’t worry, there’s a variety of things you can do so you feel more comfortable heading out to exercise. We have all your beginner’s gym essentials listed.
There are so many benefits from going to the gym, such as:
- Mental health benefits
- Increase strength
- Increase in energy
- Better sleep
Let’s start with all the basics, everything you need to put into your gym bag.
Your water bottle
This is something you definitely essential to bring to the gym. You need to hydrate with water during your workout to fuel your body. Not drinking any water actually makes your workouts harder. Hydration is probably the most important factor when it comes to the gym.
This may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised in the attire that some people come to the gym in. Getting the right type of shoes is a gym essential. There are specific shoes for specific activities, running shoes, training shoes, spin shoes, and more. Make sure that you arrive at the gym with the shoes that will maximize your comfort during your workout. You also don’t want any shoes that will cause your body to be sore the next day. Your feet take all the impact when you’re running, you’re on your feet while lifting and doing most exercises. You don’t want to cheap out on your shoes so that you don’t have painful problems down the road.
Your clothing is also a huge factor for comfort at the gym. You want clothes that are breathable and allow you to move freely. This also raises the point that some people like to bring a change of clothes for after they’re done working out. This is totally up to you. Your gym will likely have showers that you can use then you could change into different clothes. It’s useful to bring a change of clothes if you’re hoping to carry on with your day rather than head home.
The last thing to definitely remember is to bring headphones for music. Music is a great way to motivate yourself to push harder. It also helps drive out any self-doubt thoughts by drowning it out. Be sure that you have a way to securely attach your phone or music device to your body so you don’t have to worry about it while you’re moving around the gym. A lot of gym clothes have a small pocket you can put your device in so you can be stress-free. Lastly, make sure you have an awesome playlist to list to! You want something that empowers you to push hard, stay focused, and have fun!