Going to the gym is a great way to get some exercise and build strength, and as gyms are indoors, you are not restricted by the weather.
You can cause yourself injury if you don’t use the machines at the gym properly, so always ensure that you are fully trained in using the machines before you start working out. Most gyms offer an induction or a session with a personal trainer when you sign up. You should attend this, even if you have been to other gyms before, as the machines may be slightly different.
It’s best to do a combination of strength and cardio activities in the gym, and you can tailor the activities you do depending on your goals. Signing up for a session with a personal trainer can help you identify the activities that suit you best. You can then track your progress by setting targets and recording how you are doing. Remember to build each activity you do up slowly, adding a few extra minutes or repetitions at a time. Pushing your body too hard can lead to injury.
As well as working out on the machines, most gyms offer classes of some sort. These can be an excellent way to keep fit, and are often more sociable than working out on your own.
Swimming is a low-impact activity that works all the muscles in your body. Working out in water is actually more effective than working out on land because the water provides natural resistance. Some gyms have swimming pools, so you might even be able to combine gym and swim in one workout session.
Unless you are a professional swimmer, you could probably improve your swimming technique. Most pools offer classes for adults and you’ll probably only need a few classes to notice a difference in the way you swim. Swimming classes can also be very sociable, you could learn with your family, go with a friend or even go alone and meet new people.
You’ll be more likely to incorporate regular swimming into your routine if you have the right equipment. So make sure you invest in a comfortable, well-fitting swimwear. You’ll probably also want to buy some goggles.
Setting yourself small, manageable targets can help you focus on what you want to achieve from swimming. Your target could simply be to swim for half an hour twice a week, or could involve the number of laps you want to do within a certain time limit. Monitoring your progress and rewarding yourself for achieving your targets should help you stay focused and on track.