The fitness industry as a whole seems to be on an upward trend over the past couple of years. With the rise of social media, thousands of people are creating fitness profiles and trying to help others meet their fitness goals. Fitness is much more than just going to the gym and trying to lift a bunch of weights or run on the treadmill.
Everyone’s body is different, and this is why my first bit of advice would be to sit down and make a list of goals you would like to meet. For instance, you may want to lose weight, or gain some mass, or you could circuit train like crossfit. You should design your workouts to match whatever your goals are.
Fitness and physical activity is great for the overall health of the human body. It can help to prevent several diseases and health conditions, such as heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure. A big thing that I can personally gain from the gym is stress relief and also anxiety relief. I can get all of my stress out in the gym while also bettering my overall physical health.
It also helps build self esteem. As you keep going to the gym, and watch your body progress, it makes you feel good about yourself and gives you a sense of moral victory. For those of you who have ADHD, like I do, I have found it very helpful to go to the gym before I sit down to study or go to a class. I have found that this helps me focus on the task at hand and helps structure my day along with my time management.
Many people don’t like going to the gym because they feel as though they are being judged by how much weight they can lift or what they look like. When I first started on my fitness journey, I felt the exact same way. However, as I kept going to the gym that quickly became irrelevant. Most people at the gym are extremely nice and willing to help you out if you have a question or need a spot. The best possible way to learn more is by asking questions. The gym is a place where you can push yourself and strive to better yourself, and it shouldn’t matter what anyone else is doing around you. At the end of the day, it should be a judgment free zone, and everyone should be encouraging and helping others. That is the true beauty of the fitness culture.
Throughout the term, I will be writing about different body parts, how to train them and different techniques to use during your training. Next week I will discuss diet. Diet is probably the biggest thing to follow strictly to reach your fitness goals. As I write more about diets and the different body parts, I hope I can help some of the students that are getting started with their fitness journeys, or students and faculty that are interested in transforming their bodies and meeting their fitness goals.