Today we live in a very physical world, not in the jobs that we do but in the lives that we lead. As our working lives are more and more becoming service industry led desk jobs we are in danger of becoming a very sedentary species. Couple with this fact that we are all now more health conscious than ever before as well as being much more aware of our appearance and you begin to understand that life is all a little confusing.
There are more keep fit and health magazines on the shelves of new stalls than ever before as well as their being more diet and looking good television programs on our screens so we all feel something of a pressure to be more health wise and do something to get back in shape. But what should we do? There are so many options open to us that it can be confusing if not a little daunting as to what to choose.
The gym is an obvious place to start but if you have never ever been to one before and you are even a little out of shape then you might be a bit scared to try it out. There really is nothing to be afraid of at the gym. It is just a case of breaking down a few barriers and giving it a go. Most gyms will have trained staff on hand to guide you through a program of what you should and should not do to get maximum results as well as making sure that you do not over do it and injure yourself.
If you do try out at a gym it is always a good idea to have a plan in your own mind of what you want to achieve, no matter what it is or how optimistic it may seem, if you have not gotten a plan how do you know if you are where you want to be. The other thing about having a plan if you discuss it with a gym instructor is that they should be able to point you in the right direction and make sure you are working towards the right goal. If you really are a little anxious about joining a gym why not ask them if they do a monthly plan that you can cancel at anytime? If you really do not like it then you have only lost a month's worth of payments but on the other hand if you do find that you enjoy it you may well be able to offset the monthly payments off against an annual subscription.
As far as equipment and kit goes that you will need for the gym it really is the bare minimum needed to get you started. I would always recommend doubling up on all kit, so for instance buy yourself two gym tops, two pairs of shorts, 4 pairs of socks, two sweat towels, two shower towels and two sweatshirts. If money is a little tight you can get away with one pair of trainers, I would suggest a pair of cross trainers [http://www.running-trainers.com/Trainers/Trainers/Trainers]. These are suitable for all types of gym activities such as running, aerobics, lifting weights and circuit classes. Other than the above mentioned equipment all you need is a gym bag to put it all in and a little motivation and you could well be on your way to a new fitter life.