Getting fit is not just about getting a perfectly toned beach body and being able to get into pretty dresses or flaunting your six packs, but is also about adopting a healthy lifestyle. Whether it is the inspiration and body image promoted by the glam world or increased health awareness, the brighter side is that more and more people are joining gymnasiums and fitness clubs and are adopting healthier lifestyles.
If you are one of those people who have just decided to get fit and fine you have made one of the best decisions of your life. That being said, now that you will be joining a fitness club, know that you will be sharing the space with a lot of fellow gym members. Although workout and fitness routines are great for health, it is very important that you are mindful of gym safety and etiquette so that space can be safe and healthy for you and everyone else who is using it.
Here are a few things that you should remember whenever you are using a gym facility.
The Right Weights
Most people today join gymnasiums for bodybuilding. One of the greatest bodybuilding myths is that you need those fancy super expensive weightlifting machines to get the right celebrity body. As a matter of fact, the regular free weights such as dumbbells are far more effective and safer to use. Another common myth is that bodybuilding requires you to lift the heaviest weights possible for the best result. It is important to understand how your muscular system works and adhere to weightlifting according to the standard bodybuilding rules. Do not lift weights that are too heavy for you. Start with smaller weights and increase your intensity gradually. One of the major bodybuilding rules is to avoid lifting weights that are beyond your capacity. Start with lighter weights and increase your intensity gradually.
Keep Your Types of equipment back
You will often find yourself using free equipment such as dumbbells and barbells at your gym. Make sure you always place your weights and any other equipment back in the rack after you are done using them. Keeping things back to where they belong is not only part of basic etiquette, but it is also extremely important from the safety point of view since any other person can trip over equipment lying on the floor and can get injured.
Be Mindful of Your Surroundings
The gym facility is used by many people at a time. It is important for you to be mindful of your surroundings so that space can be made safe not just for you but also for others using it. For example, maintain a safe distance when someone is working with dumbbells and do not end up walking into them or both of you can be at a risk of an accident likewise. Likewise, ask before picking up a piece of equipment if someone is working out nearby.
Towels and Deodorant
Workouts involve a lot of sweating, which means that a lot of equipment will be catching germs. Carry a clean sweat towel and use it frequently so that you do not end up passing on germs and bacteria to others. Likewise, use a good deodorant so that your body odor does not cause discomfort to fellow members.