The excitement of the holidays and encouragement of a New Year sparks enthusiasm and motivation for many of us to stay fit, or start a regular exercise program.
However, after the hustle and bustle ends, and the novelty of New Years’ resolutions wear off, what do you do? Here are a few tips to keep you on track, stay motivated, and commit to yourself:1
Set realistic weekly goals
Write your personal and professional commitments on a calendar so at a glance you’re able to plan when you’re heading to the gym. Commit to getting to the gym 4-6 days a week. Schedule one of the days on the weekend, then you have one weekend day all to yourself. Schedule all other workouts during the weekdays. Make sure to mix it up… go in the morning, midday and in the evening to keep it fresh. Take advantage of the variety of group fitness classes to choose from so you can meet new people and see new faces.2
Find a workout buddy
One of the best ways for accountability is to have a workout partner or buddy. Workout buddies hold each other accountable. You are counting on your buddy to be there and they’re counting on you to be there. We have many creative buddy workouts and exercises to do together that will inspire you both and maintain the motivation.3
Keep track of your eating with a food app
We carry our smart phones wherever we go, so using a food tracking app like MyFitnessPal is simple and easy. An app allows you to track daily food choices, caloric intake, calories burned, your workout data, body weight, macronutrients, etc.4
Spice up your workouts
A great way to keep you motivated is group fitness classes. RVC offers 100 every week, and most of them are included with your membership. New activities keep things fresh.
Here are a few class ideas to get you started:
Spinning brings the outside inside during the colder months. Be inspired by awesome music, the thrill of varying terrain, and an RVC Spinning Instructor.
Strength training is essential for fitness! How about a strength class led by an experienced, motivating RVC instructor with inspiring music to keep you coming back for more? At the RVC, we have many to choose from: Body Pump, Athletic Strength Training (AST), or Total Body Conditioning.
Yoga is the union of the mind and body. While there are many different yoga philosophies, all philosophies incorporate mediation, strength, balance and flexibility. Choose the philosophy that best meets your needs. Yoga helps create an active recovery session in your weekly workout plan.
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is becoming increasingly popular, and Body Combat and CrossFit are interval training at its best. These classes blend high intensity strength and cardio exercises with periods of low intensity rest and recovery. The variable format of theseclasses challenges the body, burn smore calories, and give you an awesome workout with a highly motivated group.
For an amazing total body and core strengthening program, consider Pilates. While research has proven that we need both cardiovascular and strength training, Pilates focuses on muscular balance, core strength, postural alignment, flexibility and movement of joints. Our Movement Studio offers a variety of Pilates classes including Mat Pilates, Reformer classes, and one-on-one sessions with our Pilates Trainers.
These are just a few tips to keep you motivated and achieving your fitness and wellness goals. At RVC we have instructors and trainers who are highly experienced and educated to assist you in your workouts. We are here for you so please don’t hesitate to ask.
As Yoda said: ‘Don’t just try… do.’
Contributed by: Janet Greger Program Director, Personal Trainer, and Group Ex Instructor