The new year is fast approaching and we’re starting to think up resolutions that can improve our overall health and wellbeing. This is the time of year when many of us turn our minds to exercise. We are likely to have overindulged over the Christmas period and we may want to lose a little weight and get in shape. Alternatively, we just want to boost our strength, stamina, and general fitness levels. So, if you are planning on getting fit in the new year, here are a few tips and tricks that can help you to pick up a new exercise regime and stick to it!
Joining the Gym
A gym is essentially a building that is dedicated to fitness and that is created to offer you different means of exercising. This is a great option for those of us who want to exercise indoors without facing the elements or getting cold. Here are a few different things you will have to take into consideration when choosing a gym to join!
First things first, you will need to determine how much you are willing to spend on your gym membership. Memberships are generally on an annual contract (where you sign up to a year long contract that you have to pay for) or a rolling contract (where you only commit to one month at a time and can quit when you please). People tend to opt for an annual contract because it makes monthly payments cheaper. However, if you are going to move away or cannot be sure you’ll definitely use the gym for an entire year, a rolling contract may be better.
Where your gym is can determine how much you will use it. If its nearby, you’re much more likely to head there and actually keep up with your workouts. If it is far or difficult to get to, you are more likely to avoid going or to make up excuses that mean you don’t have to go out of your way in order to work out.
Once you have determined how far you are willing to travel and how much you’re willing to spend, you can see which gyms fit your requirements. To whittle down your options, you should check out what facilities each gym has. If you prefer certain equipment or certain classes, you need to ensure that the gym you’re considering offers these.
When you choose a gym and have signed up, you need to make sure that you book in for an induction. This will see a member of staff show you the different machines and equipment and can teach you how to use them safely. This is extremely important to avoid injury!
Choosing Another Form of Exercise
If the gym isn’t for you, there are plenty of other forms of exercise out there. These are just a few to consider.
Most of us cycled as children. However, cycling tends to remain a nostalgic memory. The truth is that cycling as an adult can be extremely good for your health. It is a great cardiovascular form of exercise, builds your stamina, and is gentle on your joints.What’s more? Cycling can fit easily into your lifestyle. It’s flexible. You can cycle to and from work, cycle to see your friends, cycle to the store… you don’t have to go out of your way to dedicate part of your day to cycling, you can fit it into your current routine. If you are cycling in public, make sure that you wear an appropriate helmet, have high-vis wear on, and that you follow the rules of the road. If you do find yourself in an accident or incident on the roads, contact the attorneys at Blumenshine Law Group.
Swimming is an essential life skill. If you swim regularly, your technique and ability will improve and you never know when this could come in useful. On top of this, swimming is a great form of all-round exercise. It is low impact, as the water supports your body weight and provides natural resistance, meaning that it is suitable for almost everyone. If you enjoy swimming, you could also expand out into other water based exercise routines, such as aqua fitness classes.
Maintaining Your Resolutions
Setting out on the right foot is just the first step. You need to make sure that you stick to your resolutions and keep up with your exercise routine. This is what will help you to achieve results. Here are some tips to help you with this.
If you have a hectic routine it’s easy to get caught up in whatever you’re doing at any given moment and completely forget that you’re meant to be at the gym or trying out some other form of fitness. You might also accidentally make plans over your planned fitness session. You can remind yourself of where you’re meant to be at any given time by noting down exercise sessions in your diary and setting reminders on your phone.
Get a Workout Buddy
If you lack motivation, you may create excuses to not get to where you’re meant to be. Pair up with a workout buddy who can motivate you to get up and go. You won’t’ want to let them down and this should encourage you to stick to your resolutions.
Hire a Personal Trainer
If you really want an extra push, you could hire a personal trainer. Not only will they be able to help you with your routine, but you are much less likely to miss sessions that you are actually paying for.
There’s no better time than the new year to turn a new leaf and embrace a new fitness routine. Hopefully, the above advice will help you to choose the right form of exercise for your wants and needs and will also help you to stick at it!