New Place, New Workout by Dr. Randy

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New Place, New Workout by Dr. Randy

How many of you have ever walked into a workout facility that you have never visited before and you feel lost? You might be on vacation or moved to a new location (this just happened to me) and you stroll into the new facility and feel like a novice, like you have never completed a workout a day in your life. All of the equipment is different and the weights don’t feel the same. Don’t get frustrated, most of us have been there.

Like a briefly mentioned above I have moved across half of the country and that that very feeling when I first went in to use the fitness center. So I want to share with you some tips to make the transition easier.

1) Start simple – don’t go in there expecting to set the same workout. Do just the a little of your workout

2) Read the directions – I know this sounds simple but how many of you actually read the directions on the weight machines

3) Ask for help – Typically this one is hardest for males. But that is what people are working for – to help

4) Start a new program – this is a great time for change. Remember in order for the body to get stronger it has to adapt – change things up. Plus, it might re-energize your workouts

5) Don’t try to impress anyone – again, typically harder for men to follow. It is not a competition, do your work out for yourself

6) Plan ahead – know that things are going to be different, expect that and already have planned what exercises you are going to do and what you want to accomplish in the session

I know this is not ground breaking stuff but working out and staying physically active it not ground breaking either. The small things can make a big difference and if you apply these 6 things at a new facility it might make the transition easier and adherence to the program longer.

Make the most of the day you are given.


Randall J. Bergman, Ph.D.

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