We get it. Working out at a gym can feel intimidating. Whether you’re stepping into a gym for the first time or after a hiatus, a little guidance can go a long way. Regular physical exercise can improve cognitive function, prevent weight gain, and lower your risk of high blood pressure and stroke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Prepare yourself for that first day at the gym with our exercise guide full of workout tips.

Eat Well, Exercise Even Better

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Looking for results? Pair your exercise with good nutrition, and you could be on your way to a total-body transformation like Isagenix Independent Associate Ashlee Cheryl-Lynn Martin, who explained her thoughts about working out again.

“On my first day back in the gym after more than a year, I was worried it would be very difficult,” she said. “Thanks to the nutrition from Isagenix, I pushed my body harder than I thought I could. I feel fantastic with so much more energy.”

Ask a Buddy to Work Out With You

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Working out with a friend, neighbor, or co-worker will not only make your sweat sesh fun, but it will also help you feel more motivated, adventurous, and consistent, according to the CDC. You’ll be less likely hit your snooze button or flake after a tiring workday when you know someone is depending on you to show up.

Find the Right Gym

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When my kids were little, the selling point at the gym I chose was the child care center. I couldn’t focus on my workout unless I felt confident that my children were not only in good hands but were also having fun.

Maybe your wish list includes amenities such as a lap pool, tennis court, spa, or exercise classes. Don’t be afraid to explore your options and ask for a free trial. Most gyms will happily oblige.

Use This Exercise Cheat Sheet 

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Now that you’re pumped and ready for the gym, where do you begin? While it’s always good to meet with a personal trainer to acquaint yourself with the facility and set goals, we put together an exercise cheat sheet to help those at the beginner and intermediate levels get started.*

Looking for even more motivation? Consider joining the IsaBody Challenge®, a 16-week total-body transformation challenge for Isagenix Customers. You’ll be encouraged, supported, and rewarded throughout your journey. And the best part? Everyone who completes the IsaBody Challenge has the chance to win a share of over US$1,000,000 in money, prizes, and trips! Click here to sign up!

*You should consult your physician or other healthcare professional before starting this or any other fitness program to determine if it is right for you. Do not start this fitness program if your physician or healthcare provider advises against it. If you experience faintness, dizziness, pain, or shortness of breath at any time while exercising, you should stop immediately and seek appropriate medical care, if needed.