By: Megan Millard
So, you have a gym membership. That's a great first step. But are you getting the results you want? Many people struggle with their personal goals, knowing what they want to see but not necessarily knowing how to get there. Below are a few tidbits that can help get your started and get you thinking--modifications to your current routine that will help you along the way.
1. Make the gym a habit.
Any exercise will be beneficial to a person's overall health--but if you really want the results you desire, you have to make going to the gym a habit. One of the most important aspects is making a workout part of your routine. So, get in the habit of going to the gym 3-5 times a week and stick to it. Once that habit is formed, you will see a change. It's all about consistency!
2. Chew slower/Eat less
Since when does chewing have anything to do with weight loss or anything fitness related? I can't tell you how many times I've ordered too much food for lunch when I was hungry, thereby over-estimating my appetite. Then, I always end up eating too much and feeling stuffed. Lately, however, I heard this tip and decided to give it a try. I cut the amount of food I would normally order in half, sat at my desk and just chewed, eating as slowly as possible. It worked. I was left feeling satisfied and not stuffed. Controlling your portions is essential to getting those results.
They say to drink 8 glasses a day. But depending on your diet and activity level, you could benefit from even more. Make it interesting--slice up some lemons or cucumbers, add them to a pitcher and fill with water, and try and drink the whole pitcher throughout the day. Adding some calorie-free flavor in there will make the experience a little more exciting and your drink more refreshing. Also, don't forget to drink water before bed, since your body is at rest and detoxes at night. Now that I'm making sure I drink a lot of water, I've been feeling better and noticing results in my skin as well as my weight and overall mood.
4. Take a class
This goes along with tip number 1 about forming habits. To start, pick out one class that focuses on an area you want to work on. (All class times available on the website). For example, if you want to target your core, take Tami's Core-N-Cardio class Thursday nights at Edgewater. Put it on your calendar and make sure you go every week. Hold yourself accountable for sticking to your plan and others will hold you accountable in class too.
5. See going to the gym as a treat, not a chore
A lot of people dread going to the gym at the end of the day--thinking of it as just one more thing that needs to be crossed off the list in an already busy schedule. But it's all about perception. Go into the gym with the mindset that it's your time to focus on you. Whether you want to treat yourself to 30 minutes on the treadmill with your favorite tunes or you'd enjoy a yoga class to unwind, you have control over your workout. Pretty soon, you'll find that you enjoy going to the gym if you don't already.
Did you stop doing something or start doing something in your own routine that made a big difference to you? Share your experience below and let us know what worked or what didn't.
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