Since exercise is something that we all know is good for us, why isn’t everyone doing it? That’s the macro question people in the fitness industry always ask. Let’s talk about the micro question – why aren’t YOU doing it? For over 25 years in our gym, Gold’s Gym Paramus, we have heard many different reasons, some valid, some that sound like just excuses and some that sound like rationalizations for not getting around to it or putting it off for another time.
No matter what the reasons, here are a few tips for you to think about. It’s never too late to get started. If you have already started exercising, the most important thing you can do now is to make sure you continue!
1. Start with small realistic goals. Try to exercise just 2 times a week then add an extra day. Try to set a goal to lose 5 lbs. and not 20 lbs. Once you lose 5, set another goal for the next 5. If you reached a goal of 2 miles, set another for 2.5 miles.
2. Get a Workout Partner. It’s really hard at times to do this by yourself. Having someone to lean on and push you (and someone you can push back) is a great way to help you stay motivated.
3. Create a Support Group. Family, friends, co-workers…let them know what you are trying to do and ask them to help encourage and motivate you. Ask them to give you some “tough love” when you need it.
4. Try Group Exercise. Exercise classes and small group training programs are getting some of the best results for people that we have seen in years. Exercising with others is fun, challenging, motivating and provides a built in support group for you.
5. Hire a Trainer. This gives you professional assistance and becomes an appointment to exercise that you will not miss. It’s educational, motivating and makes you accountable to someone besides yourself.
6. Join a Gym. Of course, I am biased here, but there really is no place more motivating than a gym where you are around other people who want to take care of themselves and increase their fitness. It’s contagious and there are so many options to choose from. Whether it’s CrossFit, weight training, Yoga or Pilates, having options can keep your workouts fresh and fun.
7. Work with a Chiropractor. Chiropractors who understand athletes, weight gains and weight losses can help you reach your goals. Keeping your body well-adjusted, aligned and balanced can help you prevent injuries and optimize your performance.
8. Find Your Personal Motivation. What’s yours? Is it so you can feel better, look better, live longer, play with the kids, relieve stress or improve your health….whatever is most important to you will help you stick to your program. Use visuals such as pictures of you, pictures of the kids or pictures of a role model to keep you inspired.
These are just some of the “tips and tricks” that we have found helpful to many of our members over the past 20 years. I hope you find them helpful as you commit to an exercise program or take your training to the next level and beyond. Make it happen!