Struggling to go to the gym?
The gym can be a scary place if you don’t know what to expect. Here’s a few of the common problems people have and what you can do to overcome them.
It’s too hard
1. Make it simpler. It’s all about small steps.
2. Even though you might want to run 10km tomorrow, you might not be at that level yet. Look at the smaller picture; strengthening your legs and improving your endurance might be the first step.
1. You may be not using the right technique, or you may be pushing yourself too hard too soon!
2. You might need to consult your physio about ways to avoid stirring up old injuries, aches or pains.
There are so many options!
1. Figure out whether you are a group exercise person or prefer to workout solo.
2. When working by yourself in the gym, choose to use the equipment that suits you. For example, to work on your bicep (upper arm) strength, you could use free weights. Or you could use the Pilates reformer, Or you could incorporate core exercise to your arm strengthening by sitting on a gym ball using theraband.
I don’t fit in
One thing I love about working at a Physiotherapy Clinic with a gym is that there is NO AVERAGE. No set standards. You are working towards your goals, and they are not for comparison with anyone else. Use what suits you, whether it is cardio equipment, weights, mats, gym balls and pilates equipment. Whether you are young, fit and looking for a challenge or whether you would consider yourself a complete couch potato… It’s never too early or too late to start.
NO MORE EXCUSES!
Book an appointment at PhysioWest online or by calling 8352 3582 and get moving today!
Prepared by Laura Hundertmark – Physiotherapist, PhysioWest