Last week, we posted 3 top tips to choosing the right gym.
So you have found your 'ideal gym', now what ...?

We know that Day 1 in any new environment can be a tad intimidating, so we have a couple of helpful hints and tips to make for an easier transition.

Step 1: Good Job

Congratulate yourself! You've made a positive step towards getting fit and active or to shake up your routine. Don't forget, resistance training is a key component of being healthy and strong and a gym is one of the best places to incorporate resistance training into your routine.

What is resistance training? Circuit training, step aerobics, weight training, yoga and pilates are all good examples.

Step 2: Plan & Book

If you don't have an exercise plan already, make an appointment with the gym's personal trainer. The gym might let you have some training sessions for free. Even if not, it will be a really worthwhile investment so that you start and stay on the right track.

Interested in classes? Check out the timetable and find out if you need to book in advance.

Step 3: Watch your €€€

Don't buy a whole heap of new gear! Wait to see what you need! Any old t-shirt and shorts or leggings will do for day one.

Step 4: Scope the Joint

If you're free-styling your first session (no PT or class), check out the lie of the land. Use the changing rooms, even if just to scope out the gym on your way there. Start with a light aerobic workout on the treadmill or bike so that you can look around, see where the equipment you need for your session is laid out and plan what to do next.

Step 5: Easy Tiger

Don't overdo it on the first day! There is no need to over-exert yourself or stay for hours. Keep it sharp and light, in and out, and look forward to getting that little bit more our of the next session.

Step 6: Owww !

Enjoy the DOMS! If you haven't done any exercise in a while, you'll likely be nicely stiff for the next couple of days. This is called Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) and can feel quite similar to 'death' but rest assured you will live until the next session!

Relish the evidence that you've done some work for your body. Get our for walk, grab a bath or do some stretching before the next session to ease the pain!