Maintaining Your Fitness Motivation Year After Year

“I joined the Club in 2012. My daughter had just graduated high school and was headed off to college. I had that “void” parents feel when their first child leaves the nest. After some thought, I decided this would be a great time for me to concentrate on a healthy routine.

At first, I was very hard on myself if there was a day I couldn’t make it to the gym. Then I began to make the connection that I truly was feeling so much better on the morning I went versus a morning that I “skipped it”. After that, I was hooked and the commitment was just part of my everyday life.

I have gone to RVC almost every day for five years. It is more than just a gym to me. I have found ways to challenge myself and to grow while learning SO MUCH from all the personal trainers and the fitness team.

I’ve made it a point to try most of the fitness classes. I have to say that Body Combat is still at the top of my list after all these years. I’ve tried AST, Yoga, Spinning, IGNITE, Body Pump, MAX, and Power Up. The Club offers such a great variety; I am never bored with my workouts.

Another way I find motivation is through a gym partner. Sarah and I started our gym journeys at different times, but found that we were such wonderful motivators for each other, staying strong and always offering encouragement when the other questioned their abilities. Having someone hold you accountable is a great way to stay on track and to challenge you to keep making progress.

I added Yoga to my routine this fall. I was very intimidated at first because I am not a flexible person by any stretch of the imagination (no pun intended), but so many people had mentioned the benefits were far more than just flexibility. My first yoga class was Foundational Yoga with Erin McCabe. I remember telling Erin after class that I felt it was life- altering for me.

Yoga offers me the ability to start my day with a fresh outlook, a clear mind and a compassion for myself that I didn’t have before. It has brought me awareness about my body and I have learned so much from my practice. So here I am. I definitely would consider myself an RVC groupie, but I can’t complain as I’ve lost 45 pounds and 36” in my five years.

When I started at RVC, I remember telling Cassie Truell, a member rep and fitness consultant, that a huge goal for me would be to run a 5K. I was not an athlete in my youth and definitely not a runner, but I had started to see the benefits of adding more cardio into my routine and wanted to challenge myself.

Sarah often commented the only time she would run a 5K is if a bear was chasing her.

Today… five years later, we have completed six 5K’s, three half-Marathons, one Mud Run, the Spartan Sprint, and have just signed up for the Spartan Beast at Killington in 2018.

My advice to you, whether you’re just starting out, trying to get back into a routine, or are feeling frustrated with your current regimen: Your fitness journey is your own. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else.

Know that when you miss a day(s) or don’t eat the way you want to (or know you should), think of it like a long car ride… if you miss the exit you don’t just keep going the wrong direction… you turn around, you correct yourself, and start again.”
Jennifer Packard

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What our members say

 Jennifer Packard
Jennifer Packard

Whether you’re just starting out, trying to get back into a routine, or are feeling frustrated with your current regimen: Your fitness journey is your own. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else.

 Terry Hall
Terry Hall

‘Can’t’ is no longer in my vocabulary, and I have a sense of pride in my ability to work toward a goal and not only achieve it, but often exceed it.