Things to Do Before You Commit to a Gym Membership

Committing to a gym membership is actually a big thing, and should be seen as such. If you’re not prepared to actually use your gym membership before you commit, you’ll no doubt end up skipping sessions until you’ve dropped out completely. Then you’re paying for something you’re not using, all the while telling yourself, ‘I’ll go tomorrow’. Many of us have been there. I’ve been there a few times! The gym membership I have now is the only one I’ve stuck to – for an entire year! I believe it’s only because I took the following steps before I joined that I’ve stuck to it for so long. Take a look and you might just reach your goals!

Get the Exercise Bug

Before I joined the gym, I did a bootcamp for quite a while beforehand. I loved the bootcamp, and it really helped me get into exercise. However, I decided I wanted to get into bodybuilding with weights, and to do that I needed to join the gym. I knew that when I joined the gym I’d stick to it, because I’d been going to my bootcamp at least 3 times a week for months. Before that whenever I’d joined a gym, the novelty would always wear off. You don’t need to join a bootcamp; maybe start exercising in your living room or outdoors a couple of times a week. Get yourself into a routine.

Do Your Research

I did a lot of research before I joined a gym this time. When I had gym memberships before, I’d spend an hour on the treadmill and think that I’d had a great workout. But I wasn’t doing any resistance training, and I thought that calories were the be all and end all. The more I researched, the more I realised that building muscle was the way forward. Make sure you do lots of research so you understand more about how the body responds to exercise.

Set Your Goals

Now it’s time to set your goals. Do you want to bulk up, lean down, or build muscle while keeping the fat off? Get a picture in your head of what you’d like to look like. Remember, you can make your body the best it can be. But you can’t make it look like somebody else’s body. Use them as inspiration!

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Invest in the Right Gear

Gym equipment helps to see me through a grueling workout. I have an armband for my phone, so that I can listen to music. I have a pair of earphones, although they aren’t great at the minute  and I’m going to invest in a quality pair. My trainers were expensive (Asics), but a year later they are going strong! I like to treat myself to new gym wear from time to time too, like Berlei sports bras and patterned leggings.

Make Sure Your Head’s in the Right Place

To stick to this, your head needs to be in the right place. You need to keep a positive, focused mindset. I used to sabotage myself all the time. I think subconsciously, I thought I couldn’t do it because I’d never been a ‘fit’ person. I’d been a chubby kid who hated exercise and that was ingrained into me. I’ve completely changed my way of thinking, and you can too!

Become the Ultimate Party Host With My Tips

Who doesn’t want to be the ultimate party host? If you’re throwing a party, you want to make sure it’s going to be a bloody good one. It doesn’t hurt to get a little Monica from ‘Friends’ when party planning. It can only go well that way! Here’s how you can become the ultimate party host:

Make Sure There’s Plenty to Drink

You need to make sure there’s plenty to drink for your guests, whether you’re hosting it at your house or in another venue. Double check with the bar, or stock up as much as you can. If possible, you might want to tell your guests to bring a bottle of something nice for everyone to share. This way you’ll probably end up with more than enough to drink!

Set the Dress Code

Nothing ruins the party mood than somebody dressed in jogging bottoms and an old t-shirt, in my opinion. Believe it or not, I’ve spotted people dressed like this at wedding parties. By setting the dress code, everybody knows what sort of thing they should be wearing and the atmosphere for the party will be set.

Think of a Relevant Theme

If you want, you can think of a relevant theme to get everybody in the party mood. You could go back in time to the 80s, or base it around a film. You can get really creative, depending on the reason for the party and who it’s for. Make sure you go all out with the decor, as this will set the scene and feel for the party. Wow your guests with your decoration skills and they’ll be very impressed!

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Pick an Awesome Venue

If possible, pick an awesome venue to be the backdrop to your party. You could pick your house, but you’ll need to make sure you get rid of everything breakable and be prepared for the clean up. Places such as http://www.theplaylounge.com.au can be great if you’re throwing a hen party, birthday party, or something like that. Some venues will even include food, door staff, and other things that can make your party go off with a bang.

Arrange Seating Plans Carefully

If applicable, arrange seating plans carefully. You might not have to worry about this – move on to the next step if not. The seating plans will also set the tone for the night. You want to put people together who will get along. Not necessarily friendship groups that have already been formed, as this can get a little ‘clicky’ and people won’t interact with one another properly. Mix things up while keeping it sensible and people will start making friends left right and centre.

Consider Bringing Props in

Some think props are tacky, but after a few Coronas everybody loves them. They make for funny pictures and you can wreak a bit of lighthearted havoc.

Find Suitable Entertainment

Suitable entertainment could be anything from Twister at a house party to a DJ at your chosen venue. Do your research and make sure you stay within your budget.

Have an amazing time!