As the others have suggested, be sure to include 2 to 3 full body strength training workouts/week. They don't have to be long in length (20 to 30 minutes). Play around with the workout generator (www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_plan_
) to come up with a strength training workout.
If the gym has a rowing machine, use it a couple of times a week. It may help to have someone at the gym show you proper form and how to work the screen (if you want to set it for a specific time or distance). Here's one link to a video showing proper form: www.concept2.com/indoor-rowers/training/te
. The rowing machine is a great full body workout.
Like the others have mentioned, ask questions about the machines if you need to. Most gyms do offer a tour of the gym and will explain how to use the equipment. Just let them know which equipment you are most interested in using.
Check out some of the classes. Some find it easier to stick with working out if they go to a class. I prefer working out alone, but that's just me. If the gym has a pool, there may be some classes, like water aerobics, that you can take that are in the pool (if it's an indoor pool).
Maybe even check to see about the cost of a personal trainer and/or a fitness assessment. If it's reasonably priced, it might be a good idea to get a personal trainer. I recently joined the Y and for $25, you'd get a complete fitness assessment and 6 sessions with a personal trainer.
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