Once you’ve decided to get in shape this new year, then what?
1. Get a Membership, 2. Plan!
If you make a resolution to start the new year healthier, whether that means losing weight, gaining muscle or just getting in shape you have to plan for the steps that make it possible. Create a strategy.
Find the resources that will make your resolution happen. You can hire a personal trainer to help develop realistic goals for you. It is important to set clear, simple goals like beating your average mile time every week by 3o sec. rather than ambiguous goals like simply, run more. Build on the last goal achieved until you get to your ultimate goal.
Another great reason to turn to a personal trainer is to keep things fun with diverse workouts keeping it from becoming a boring chore. Remember it is important to always have fun! Much like working out with a partner, a trainer can help keep you motivated, keep you coming back and will be supportive of your goal. You can develop that relationship with your trainer that you need to continue working out consistently. If you don’t have the budget to hire a personal trainer, there are some options that you can take advantage of and still get the benefit. Upon a new membership, EP Fitness offers a free fitness consultation to show you around as well as the opportunity to talk to a trainer who will point you in the right direction and give advice. Another option is to hire a trainer for at least a month to get a routine established then work out on your own. If neither of these options are budget friendly enough and you simply cannot afford it at least designate a work out partner that will help keep you going.
Similarly you can set small nutritional goals like adding a fruit or vegetable in place of one “unhealthy” or high calorie snack. Once you have gained some confidence in maintaining these small goals then you can ad another goal to the mix. Before you know it you will be gaining confidence with all that you are achieving, making it easier to stick to it.
Also, try to find the root of the problem. If you are trying to lose weight, pinpoint the reasons that make you gain weight. For instance in some folks, stress leads to over eating. Try to find what is stressful in your life and fix that first. Manage stress in more constructive ways. One of those other, better ways happens to be exercising, how convenient!
So get out there and work it this new year, Happy 2012!