It’s a new year and you’ve made the resolution to get back in shape.

Maybe you haven’t been to the gym in a while, or maybe you’re returning after a long break due to injury or other life circumstances. Whatever the reason, it can be intimidating to return to the gym, especially if you feel out of shape or unsure of what to do.

Here are a few tips to help you get back into the gym and feel confident in your training:

  1. Start slow: Don’t try to pick up where you left off. Your body needs time to adjust to the demands of exercise, especially if you’ve been inactive for a while. Start with low intensity workouts and gradually increase the intensity and duration as your body becomes accustomed to exercise again.
  2. Get a gym buddy: Having someone to work out with can make the experience more enjoyable and help motivate you to stay on track. Find a friend or family member who has similar fitness goals and schedule regular workouts together.
  3. Seek out help: Don’t be afraid to ask for help with your training. Personal trainers, group fitness instructors, and even experienced gym-goers can all be valuable resources for learning proper form, choosing appropriate exercises, and designing a workout plan that meets your needs and goals.
  4. Set realistic goals: It’s important to have a clear idea of what you want to achieve with your training, but it’s also important to be realistic. Setting unrealistic goals can lead to disappointment and frustration. Instead, set achievable goals and celebrate your progress along the way.
  5. Stay positive: It’s normal to feel self-conscious or intimidated when returning to the gym, but try to keep a positive attitude. Remember that everyone has to start somewhere, and everyone has their own journey. Focus on your own progress and accomplishments, and don’t compare yourself to others.

Getting back into the gym after a long break can be challenging, but with patience, perseverance, and the right mindset, you can achieve your fitness goals.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help and support, and remember to celebrate your progress along the way.