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 images of a boot camp instructor or The Biggest Loser flash through your mind when you hear the words personal trainer, it’s time to think again. A personal trainer can be one of your greatest allies when it comes to achieving your fitness goals. From helping to define your goals to putting the steps in place to achieve them, working with a trainer makes the most of your workouts.
If you’ve ever mistaken the gym for a runway, I can’t imagine you’re alone. Lately it seems like getting dressed to go workout takes as much fashion sense as putting together the September issue of Vogue. While it may seem like you need futuristic shoes and an abundance of neon colored tops to be properly outfitted for the gym, that’s not true.
When it comes to working out, having a set routine certainly makes things easier. Since most of us are creatures of habit, it can become easy to head to the gym at the same time everyday and crank out thirty minutes on the same cardio machine. However, it is wise to shake things up every now and then.
If you’ve ever been told pain is weakness leaving the body, take note. While a small amount of discomfort is normal while exercising, there are certain warning signs that shouldn’t be ignored and can be an indicator of a larger problem.
Setting a fitness goal is a lot like planning a vacation; you imagine where you will be and what you will be doing at some point in the future. Whether it’s running through city streets completing a 5K race or enjoying a closet full of new clothes due to weight loss, goals provide a sense of direction and motivation to power you throughout your fitness journey.
Beginning a new fitness routine often stems from an individual motivation, but the rest of the journey doesn’t have to be completed alone. Building up a supportive cast of family, friends and co-workers will make your efforts easier and increase the likelihood of achieving your goals.
Learn to walk before you run, a phrase many have probably heard before, sums up our next fitness tip perfectly. As with many things in life, rushing into an exercise program without proper preparation and evaluation is like asking to fail or at least hit quite a few obstacles along the way.
We’ve all heard it; the voice inside our head telling us a workout isn’t going to happen today because <insert excuse here>. While some reasons may be perfectly valid, such as having to work late or the babysitter cancels last minute (hey, life happens!), most workout avoidance can be combated with a schedule.
Research shows it takes 66 days on average to form a habit – meaning that fitness routine you just started will take about two months to stick. Creating a routine may not be the easiest part of your workout journey, but proper planning can help ensure your success.