Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Spring is Here: Tips For Sticking To Your Workout

Ok everyone, spring is here and now it’s time to get back into your exercise routine. I know, it’s sunny and the breezy days have you longing to chill out on the patio of your favorite restaurant, while sipping something nice and cold, but you gotta get that workout in first. Here is a list of suggestions to help you stick to your routine:

1. Keep Track
-It always helps to have a visual reminder that you are staying on track. Grab your planner, print a calendar off the computer, or go to Staples or Office Depot and buy a dry eraser calendar, “X” off the days you exercise. If you see a week without “X’s”, you have some making up to do.

2. Recruit
-Why not recruit a friend who has similar fitness goals as you? Ask a friend or family member to join you in your efforts to get/stay in shape; someone who is organized and stays on track, which, in turn, will help both of you stick to your routine.

3. Commit to a Time
-Whether you get in an hour earlier, dash out on you lunch break, or go to the gym after work, making a time commitment is crucial to staying on task.

4. Always Have a Backup
-We all have days where going to the gym is the farthest thing from what we want to do. On those days, commit to working out at home. Pull out an aerobics video or jump rope and do a cardio workout; drop down and do pushups and crunches; add in squats and lunges too. Also, make a point to purchase a mat, a few sets of dumbbells and an exercise ball in order to get a workout in without going to the gym.

5. Fee Per Session
-If you have the extra resources, hire a personal fitness trainer. Some people are better at sticking to appointments, so knowing that someone is waiting for them and that they are on a time schedule, they will be more apt to go. Also, no one wants to waste money, and most personal trainers will charge clients for last minute cancellations.

6. Switch & Swap
-Routines get stale, which is one reason people lose interest. So, make sure to swap routines from time to time. If you belong to a gym, switch the weights for a swim; try some of the classes they offer. Instead of using the treadmill every visit, try an elliptical or a stairclimber. If you’re a jogger, try bike riding or roller blading. Changing up your routine will always keep you interested.

7. Pump Up the Volume
-If there is one thing that will help with motivation during a workout or even preparing for a workout, it’s music. Keeping a fresh playlist in your Ipod or a freshly made Cd in your Cd player will help you stay motivated and help keep your mind off the time.

8. How About a Treat?
-No one says you can’t reward yourself. After a grueling week of working a 9-5, in addition to making it to the gym for your routine workouts, be sure to treat yourself for a job well done; perhaps a pedicure, a night out on the town, or a meal at your favorite restaurant.

I hope these suggestions help you. If there are any you’d like to add or suggest, let us know at the Trainer's Corner.



Great tips. Now let's practice.
PS: Did you get my question fews wednesdays ago?? I posted question but I dont think you saw it.


I've been wanting to work my life around fitness...oh it's simply not working out...wish I could simply elope some place for 2-3 months and come back skinny :))

nice post
will keep coming back for more :))

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