Spring is the perfect time to reassess your health and fitness routine. Many of us take the time to clean the house, purge the closets, and update the garage, but how many of us take the time to make sure our bodies are clean and ready for the summer season? Here's a few tips to help you make a change.
1. Make sure you have a good workout buddy or two. Finding a partner or a couple of people that share your goals is important to getting through the days when you don't feel up to working out. Having an accountability partner significantly increases success rates according to studies. If you already have an exercise partner or are part of a group, then you need to make sure that they are compatible. Are you leaving your sessions feeling like you've done more socializing than sweating, or are you doing grueling workouts leaving your body in pain and stress? If either of these are true, then you may need a new workout partner and/or routine. We can help you evaluate and create the perfect scenario to help you reach your goals.
2. Be Consistent. Set a schedule! Trying to workout sporadically drastically reduces the likelihood that you will reach your goals. Treat your daily exercise as a requirement, not an option!
When you take the time to make your fitness part of your daily routine, then you will be more likely to stick to it and complete it as you do all the other items in your calendar and on the dreaded "To-Do List."
3. Get a physical. Any time you are making changes to your daily physical activity, it is good to get a routine physical from your doctor. It's a great way to make sure that you are ready for the new activity, and an opportunity to set your mind at ease about your current physical condition.
4. Try a new fitness class. It is fun to mix it up! That is the main reason we offer so many different types of classes and private lessons. Not only will it keep your mind fresh, but it will also stretch and tone your muscles in new and exciting ways.
5. Dress for success. Fashion fitness is as popular as ever, and with good reason! A 2012 study explored the concept of "enclothed cognition," which is when certain clothing causes people to think and behave differently. By investing in flattering, high-quality exercise apparel, you'll be more likely to show up for workouts and push yourself harder. Inspect your current gym wear and ditch any worn, ill-fitting garments. Sports bras should be replaced every three to 12 months. We have a state of the art boutique within our studio to ensure that our clients have access to the best in fashion apparel, shoes, and accessories.
6. Don't stress the scale. If the movement on the scale has you discouraged, then find alternate ways to measure success. Losing weight is not the only measure of success, especially since muscle weighs more than fat. Try looking out how your clothes fit differently, or try using a measuring tape to see an improvement in inches.
7. Update your social stream. Social media can be a wellspring of positivity and inspiration. Keep the great ideas flowing by seeking out fresh sources of health and fitness motivation. In addition to our own Instagram and Facebook pages, we also like to follow the best in fitness on Twitter.
8. Show unhealthy snacks the door. When you've finished purging the closets, head to the pantry and fridge. Clear out any sugary sweets or high-fat, high-calorie snacks that add little to no nutritional value. Replace them with fresh fruits, veggies, nuts, dried fruits and other healthy snacks.
9. Rest and rejuvenate. Just as it's important to schedule exercise, rest and recovery should be part of your fitness routine. Take the time to reward and pamper yourself between workouts, whether it's by taking a slow walk through the park, getting a massage or pedicure or spending an afternoon gardening.
All of our instructors are trained and certified and willing to help you reach your goals. Take the time to try a few different classes with some of our different instructors to see what style fits you the best. For more information, click here: Classes.