If you are new to fitness then you are not alone, we have all been there. It can be daunting walking into a group class or fitness environment where everyone seems to be really fit, strong, muscular or flexible but please don’t be put off. Everyone has to start somewhere and everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses so ignore everyone else and focus on yourself. Doing your very first fitness class is the hardest, but most definitely the most rewarding and who knows it could just change your life!
Always pace yourself. Any personal trainer or class instructor should be able to adapt an exercise to take into account your fitness level and ability. So let them know that you are new and they will always provide advice, guidance and constant support and motivation. Be honest so you will get the best advice and then exercises can be regressed or progressed to suit you.
Try Tai Chi or QiGong – both are gentle, slow, simple and low-impact so are a perfect introduction to fitness and movement. Participants have felt more positive and grown in confidence after practising Tai Chi and QiGong so these classes are a great first step on your fitness journey.