The problem when you decide to join a gym is not getting there in the first place: it's going back regularly and sticking at it in the long term.I met Ludovic Doyer, a gym coach and fitness trainer, who gave me a few tips on how to start, and above all how to keep going!

ONE OF THE OBJECTIVES WHEN YOU (FINALLY) DECIDE TO EXERCISE AT THE GYM IS TO AVOID EXHAUSTION OR INJURY IN YOUR FIRST SESSIONS.SO DON'T START BY ASKING YOUR BODY TO DO EVERYTHING AT ONCE."IN YOUR FIRST SESSION, YOU CAN START WITH 20 MINUTES OF WALKING AT A MEDIUM PACE ON A SLIGHTLY INCLINED TREADMILL, CONTINUE WITH 20 MINUTES ON AN ELLIPTICAL TRAINER AND FINISH WITH 20 MINUTES ON A RECUMBENT BIKE," ADVISES FITNESS COACH LUDOVIC DOYER.TAKE BREAKS AND HYDRATE BETWEEN THESE THREE SESSIONS (AN ASPECT WHICH SHOULD NEVER BE NEGLECTED).

INCREASE THE INTENSITY GRADUALLY

"The idea during your first sessions is really to do cardio work.Don't ask your body for localised muscle effort straight away." In later sessions, you can start to work a little harder."After cardio work on the machines, you can do a few muscle strength exercises,"Ludovic Doyer suggests."Depending on a person's requirements and goals, and the areas they want to target, we'll do 5 sets of exercises with 12 to 15 repetitions and breaks between sets."

MUSIC AND FRIENDS TO AVOID BOREDOM

We then aim for regular progression."With three gym sessions per week, starters will find their rhythm after around a month:the exercises will feel easier to them."In short, starting gently at a suitable place, with hydration breaks is the key to success.To feed your determination, try working out with friends (group exercise is always more motivating), a rhythmic playlist and quantifiable, achievable goals set in advance with your trainer. These things should help you keep up the exercise.

Good luck!

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