With summer being well under way, all of us have seen those perfectly toned beach bodies cruising the town and mocking those of us that need to get in better shape. Young teenagers with perfect abs and toned arms. All the beautiful people that were blessed with only the best genes, allowing them to eat ten hamburgers and actually lose weight from all the effort. For them, life is easy and fitness comes naturally. But for the rest of us, we have to work for it. And unlike some other things, the payoff is well worth the effort.
But where does one start when it comes to a healthy fitness routine? Most people are ashamed to go to the gym or a fitness center and workout in front of others until they have a body that only needs to stay in shape. But when it comes down to it, that is just the wrong way to go about it. Why would you try and exercise in the privacy of your own home with using a fitness center is not only better for you, but it has more choices when it comes to what workouts you can do.
For those really new to the workout game, going to a fitness center can be daunting. But, most fitness center staff will actually work with you to help keep you motivated and coming back. When you first arrive, ask them about beginner machines that you can use. Chances are they will show you to a very basic treadmill or stationary bike. These are great starting points to help boost your cardio level to the point where you can start taking on the more intense machines.
Once you're past that point and have started to lose a little weight and gained some confidence in yourself, you can move onto various weight benches and other more complex machines. A good one to try once you've started to master the treadmill is a basic elliptical machine. These machines are sort of a cross between a treadmill and a stair case, which allows your jogging or running patterns to really burn off the calories and shape the legs and lower back.
But don't just stick to one machine! Ask your local staff member about workout routines and even perhaps a personal or group training session. By switching machines often and breaking your workout pattern over the course of a week, you work your body in a healthy direction all over, instead of just focusing on one section of it.
By the time next summer rolls around, you'll be in the fitness center with the rest of the world, showing off your new body that has adjusted to the healthier lifestyle. So instead of trying to do everything at home with a random DVD you found on sale at the store, hit up the fitness center and get the real workout that you deserve. Don't let your fear keep you in the body you don't wish to have.