Saturday, December 21, 2013

Things Nobody Really Tells You About Working Out

As we draw ever closer to 2014, many people are going to start out on their fitness journey come January 1st. If you're one of them, welcome to the nut house. We're happy you're here and we'll teach you the secret handshake later.

Whether this will be the first time you're going to set foot in a gym or whether you're coming back from a hiatus, here are some things that you may not know or have forgotten. 

Gym Ettiquette - read this Buzzfeed list of gym junkies' pet peeves first! 
put equipment like dumbbells and plates back in their proper place when you're done
wipe benches, weight machines, and cardio equipment down after you're done
let the person without a water bottle cut in front of you when you're going to fill your personal bottle at the water fountain
never (EVER) interrupt someone in the middle of a working set
if you're grabbing (what you assume are) extra weights/clips off of a rack while someone is in the rack...ask first
don't use the squat rack unless you're squatting or deadlifting, heaven help you if you curl in the squat rack
don't field or make phone calls on the gym floor
don't stand in someone's mirror space
dress modestly appropriately; if you question what you're about to wear to the gym, reconsider your outfit
don't stay on a cardio machine longer than the posted limits in the gym
consider moving back a few rows if you're a group class regular and no longer need special help from the instructor
don't be afraid to tell group instructors that you're a newbie

When you start eating healthy, assuming that means increased lean proteins and veggies, you will likely become a farting machine and they will smell awful. Farts are the result of undigested protein and fiber mixing in your colon and producing gas. Protein powder, cruciferous veggies (broccoli, brussels sprouts, etc), and lentils produce especially terrible smelling farts. 

If you use weight gloves, wash them. I didn't realize I could wash mine until it was too late. Spoiler alert, they can and will smell like dead skin cells marinating in sweat. Same goes for your chest strap if you decide to use a heart rate monitor. Holy moly...make sure everything you could possibly sweat on is machine washable and wash those things every time you do laundry.

Change out of your sweaty clothes in a timely fashion!!! I know it's become commonplace to wear workout clothes at all times, I'm guilty of it too. They're comfy and really quite flattering. But if you actually worked out in them, you run the risk of some pretty nasty stuff if you keep them on long after your workout is complete. Body acne, staph infections, and yeast infections. Sexy, right? Bacteria LOVES warm moist environments, we all know that. So of course your sweaty workout clothes are a veritable breeding ground for all that yucky stuff. Showering should be the first thing you do when getting home from the gym. 

The intimidating looking people in your gym, the ones that look like walking talking muscle charts, they are some of the nicest and most helpful people in the gym. Whether you need a spotter, advice on an exercise, or if you want to learn the super cool looking thing they're doing, I have never met one of these people who was averse to giving me a few minutes of their time. 

Hope this was helpful for you!!! Did I miss something you wanted to know? Let me know in the comments. 

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