It may be June, but it’s never too late to get that summer body you’ve been wanting. Regular exercise at your local gym (like Fitness Connection) is a key component to getting healthier, but true health (and a better look) comes from making small changes in everyday habits. It’s easy!
Establish a baseline. Figure out where you’re starting from, and track your progress. How many pushups can you do? How long can you hold a plank? Get help from one of our staff members. They’re trained and ready to be your Fitness Connection and they can help you get started by showing you how to keep track of your progress in cold, hard numbers. If you want to get serious about it, talk to our fitness instructors about private training.
Juice it up. Skip the baked goods and treat yourself to healthy, nutrient-packed juices for a snack. This way you can sneak in all the produce you need and still give yourself a taste of something sweet during the day.
Sneak some yoga into your morning routine. You don’t have to bust out the mat and go the full hour; just do some simple yoga stretches and exercises in the morning. This will help build strength, ease stress, and tone your body. Not sure what moves to try? Ask a fitness instructor or come to a yoga class at Fitness Connection – they’re free with your membership.
Brown bag it. Save cash and calories by packing your lunch for work. Restaurant food (even the “healthy” stuff) frequently comes in much larger portions than you would make for yourself.
Get music that moves you. When you build your workout playlist, make sure to get songs that make you want to shake your booty – nothing can de-motivate your workout like slow songs or music you’re bored of. The best music can set a pace for your cardio workout and mental game.
HIIT it and quit it. If you want to maximize your time outdoors and minimize your time sweating in the gym, consider High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). You can check out our previous blog post about HIIT or speak with a Fitness Connection staff member to see if HIIT is right for your fitness goals.
Target major muscle groups. Work those legs hard this summer. Squats and lunges work the quads and hamstrings (the largest muscles in your body), which means you’ll burn more calories during and after your workout.
Rest less during your workout. Turn your regular resistance training into genuine circuit training. By pushing yourself to do more and do it faster, you’ll get the same amount of work done in less time and push your muscles to work harder. If you want to know more about circuit training, check out our blog post.
Get a workout buddy. The benefits to working out with partners or groups are obvious: you’ll work harder and longer, and the extra accountability means you’ll show up more often too. It’s also just more fun to work out with a friend, and makes time at the gym (or out jogging) fly by.
Have any questions? Just ask any fitness instructor at Fitness Connection. We’re ready to help you meet your health goals.