Simple Tips to Begin your Fitness Routine

Even if it’s been years since you last shopped for school supplies or stepped foot into a classroom, back-to-school time can still make many people think about new beginnings. Joining a gym and creating a regular fitness routine are common goals this time of the year and we’re here to help you get started on the right foot.

If you bring the motivation every day, these tips will help get you started working toward a fitter you! 

Define your goals
Setting both long- and short-term goals will guide you on your fitness journey as well as give you a way to measure your progress. Start by defining your long-term goal – running a 5K, mastering 10 push-ups, etc. – and then brake it up into weekly steps (your short-term goals). Don’t forget to give yourself a healthy reward for each goal you reach.

Build a support team
Your family and friends should be involved in your fitness routine in some capacity. Whether it’s providing support, helping you choose healthy foods or being a workout buddy at the gym, every little bit helps. Knowing you can turn to those close to you for support makes sticking to your routine easier.

Be patient
Achieving goals and seeing results takes time – learn to be patient! There’s no magic pill or quick fix for living healthier; it takes hard work and dedication to get you where you want to be. However, if you are truly committed, know your goals and have a strong support system, you’ll probably find anything is possible.

Speak up:
What do you do to keep your motivation going when it comes to your fitness routine? 

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2 Responses to Simple Tips to Begin your Fitness Routine

  1. Linda Keveloh says:

    Working with a skilled trainer is essential for me! Going into a gym for the first time can be somewhat intimidating, but not when you already have someone there–who knows the ropes–ready to guide you. :)

  2. Dana says:

    Making a promise to myself that I would get in shape and be healthier before I turn 50 in 2016. I walked into my neighborhood Charter Fitness the last week of September of 2014. I decided to try it out on a 5-day pass for the sole purpose of using the machines & weights. After the trial I purchased a membership the first week of October. Little did I know that 3 wks later after daily regular workouts I had decided to participate in the team training program for a trial of 5 days and then motivated myself by signing up for the 90 day challenge program with unlimited sessions offered at the club in Park Ridge. Since that time I have lost 15 lbs, shrunk 3 inches off my waistline, have more energy,and made new friendships with a great group of women within the team training session workouts. I’m glad I kept my promise because the results have been truly a positive experience.