Joining a gym vs working out at home
You can think of joining a gym to keep your body in good shape and healthy but then you may argue why can't body-ripping be done by doing workouts at home itself. Well you can do that too but the problem with working out at home is that you will not have the kind of specialized workout machines that are available in a gym. These machines are just too expensive and will require a large gym area at your home to be set up. Not just that at the gym you have well-trained staffers that help you reach your specific goals. For example, if you want to burn your belly fat, your gym instructor will tell you the specific exercises to do and machines to work out on. They also will recommend you the ideal diet for your particular situation. Not just that, you are safe from doing an exercise in a wrong manner and accidentally hurting yourself, as the gym instructors will always be watching you for any mistakes. All this is not possible at home. Also, when you are at a gym you are surrounded by other people whom you see working hard with a goal in mind. That does motivate you to do even better and be regular. Joining a gym has another plus that there are no distractions at a gym that you may have to face at your home like your family members interrupting you while you are in the midst of an exercise, especially the children.
Timings and before meal
The ideal timings for attending the gym is either in the early morning after you have had your energy bar and some juice or in the late evening, again preferably having had your energy bar and some juice. The idea is you should not have heavy diet just before starting the exercises at gym neither should you be starving.
Also you should keep a bottle of water preferably with glucose ready, a towel to wipe your sweat and not let your hands or legs slip while on the machine, having wore gym tees and shorts and gym appropriate shoes.
After gym hours you should have some sort of energy bar and protein shake to get the maximum benefit. The subsequent meal should be a light one, full of fibre. you should try to have 4 to 5 light meals in the course of the day, instead of 2 heavy meals, something you should follow anyways whether gyming or not. For more on diet click here.
Significance of resting
You should not forget to get ample amount of sleep in the day, because the real muscle building and recovery process happens when you take rest.
Also, never go extreme with you exercises. Do only as much as your body can take. Especially if you are a beginner, begin light and then gradually go heavy and intense. Visit this site for dos and donts at gym.