What’s my next step?
By Dodi Herk
B.S. Exercise Physiology/Assistant Fitness Director
First let me say congratulations on making steps to a healthier you and being more active. Everyone knows how difficult it is to get started with fitting in exercise in our busy schedules. But now that you have and have been consistent for a couple months, what next? Have you started to lose a little motivation or getting bored? Have you had a major shift in your life or daily schedule? Here are a few tips to keep you moving forward and continuing working towards your health and fitness goals.
Maybe try a group fitness class or find a workout partner. Others can help inspire you, and you may in return inspire someone else. Groups are great for motivation, social atmosphere, and sometimes help you stay accountable. You may find yourself hearing, “Where were you in class the other day?” It feels good to be noticed and may help you make it to the next class.
If you’ve never met with a trainer or it has been a while, then it would be good to do just that! Reviewing your program every so often can help keep things interesting, make sure your performance of exercises is safe and effective, check and chart your progress, confirm you’re still on track with your goals, and make sure you are maximizing your time and effort.
If you are dealing with a long term or short term change in your schedule and daily routine, it’s ok. Consistency is the key and 90% of your workout is walking in the front door. Don’t live by, “All or Nothing”. Do what you can in the time that you have. You will feel better doing what you can rather than skipping it entirely.
Be creative. If you can’t make it to the gym, that’s ok. Go for a walk or bike ride. Do an exercise video. Or just move more around your house.
Would you like a combination of these tips? Small group, accountability, staff instruction, and a scheduled appointment, then our B.A.S.E. program is just for you. Please feel free to stop by fitness desk for more information.
Good luck with your progress. Keep it up. And again congratulations on making a change!!