A couple of weeks ago I heard that the number one New Year’s resolution of Filipinos is to exercise. If the gym where I go is any indication, it seems that this is true. I work out at Bodimetrix Fitness, located by the YMCA pool near SM Manila (this picture is not from my gym; it is just a random internet picture). Last night I noticed a lot of people there; quite a few new ones. It was great to see everyone working out and there was a lot of energy in the gym.
I want to give two suggestions to anyone who is starting ’07 by working out.
1. Stick with it–give it a chance. Try working out for at least a month or six weeks in order to get used to it. Lifting weights sort of feels “unnatural” at first, and it also makes you very sore. This causes some people to give up too quickly.
It has been a long time since I have experienced this “new trainee” sensation (or anything like it). I remember I had surgery on one of my shoulders about ten years ago. I had to stay out of the gym for about six weeks. Upon returning, my first workout felt awkward and uncomfortable. I knew that I’d quickly readjust, so I was back on track within a few weeks.
After a few weeks you will not get as sore after every workout. You will also learn to enjoy your time in the gym.
2. Use the mirror or the tape measure, not the scale. Do not evaluate your progress by weighing yourself. When I trained my female friends I used to tell them to stay away from the scale for a month or so. Here’s why: if you train properly, you will ad muscle while losing fat. Muscle weighs a lot more than fat. Your body composition (muscle to fat ratio) can change drastically without big changes in weight. You may lose inches from your waist while seeing only small weight changes. Remember that adding muscle is a good thing–the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn 24/7 (even while sleeping).
If any of you want to meet me at the gym just let me know. Hope to see you there!
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