7 tips for achieving your fitness goals

Have you decided to start going to the gym? If so, here are seven tips for following through on your exercise goals.

Find a gym you like
Visit the gyms in your area and choose the one that suits you best. You should also assess a facility’s cleanliness and find out how busy the place is during the times you plan to exercise.
Gear up
Having the right clothing and equipment will help you feel more comfortable at the gym. Get a good pair of shoes, breathable exercise attire and a decent gym bag.
Get expert advice
Consider hiring a trainer or other fitness pro­fessional to help you create a personalized exercise plan. This will help you make the most effective use of your time at the gym.
Track your progress
By regularly noting your weight, body measurements, blood pressure and other progress markers, you’ll be able to see how much your hard work pays off.
Challenge yourself
To make progress, you need to keep pushing past your comfort zone. Bump up to a higher weight or harder type of exercise when you’re ready.
Celebrate your achievements
Reward yourself when you reach milestones. Buy that tech gadget you’ve had your eye on or get a massage or enjoy a night out with your exercise buddy — whatever you choose.
Lastly, when you’re at the gym, avoid comparing yourself to others. No two people are the same, and the guy doing 300-pound deadlifts also had to start somewhere.