It’s never too late to take better care of yourself.
Here at Aderra, we want to help you get to a point in your physical fitness regimen where you’ve never felt stronger. Whether you’re running on one of our state-of-the-art treadmills, breaking a sweat on the elliptical machines, or building your core strength on the adjustable decline benches, there’s no greater high in the world than a successfully completed workout.
So, if you haven’t been hitting the gym as often as you’d like, take a look at our tips for getting back in the habit of going more routinely. Your future self will thank you!
Find Your Motivation
The first step to getting back to the grind and achieving your fitness goals is showing up.
We’d all like to wake up one day and see our ideal self-image in the mirror, but that takes a lot of work. You need to dedicate yourself to your new routine, but that can, of course, be difficult. Finding ways to actively choose to participate at the gym is crucial. Try making a list of the positive attributes that come from frequent exercise. That list might include:
- Increased energy levels and focus
- Deeper sleep and less fatigue
- Improved flexibility and healthy weight loss
Whatever your reason for rolling out of a bed a little earlier or skipping after-work drinks to go to the gym, keep it at the forefront of your mind. Having the motivation to work out will make you more invested in the process and more likely to show up.
Respect Your Limits
One of the biggest struggles that can cause a definitive pause in fitness participation is burnout.
When the body takes on too much activity too fast, it begins to shut down and rebel. Even after a short break from your normal fitness routine, it’s important to recondition your muscle groups before attempting the intensity of your usual workout.
If you’re returning to the gym after some time, be sure to take frequent breaks and always remember that adequate rest periods are part of any fitness routine. Do your best to give your body a chance to reacquaint itself with more advanced exercises. It’s normal to want to jump straight into a new fitness routine, but listen to the cues of your body. This way you’ll avoid injury and even more time away from the gym.
Track Your Progress
When you reach a goal or have a great workout, write it down. In fact, keeping track of all your accomplishments either in a journal or through a fitness app will help you monitor your progress. When you have a rough workout or feel like you aren’t getting ahead, look back at what you’ve accomplished and it will fuel you on.
One of the most important aspects of physical fitness is the way that it makes you feel when you’re finished. But the burst of energy and rush of endorphins you experience after a workout doesn’t just feel good. It also helps calm your mind, so you can master any situation that may arise throughout the day – both at the office and at home.
Take a Friend
When you make plans with another person to exercise, you then have an accountability partner, which increases the chance of you following through. What’s more, it introduces a social component to your workout, making the physical activity extra enjoyable. Even if you don’t like to chat when you’re at the gym, arranging to meet up with someone there will ensure you show up – and that’s the first step.
Don’t let the gym intimidate you. At Aderra, we have plenty of options for residents no matter what their fitness levels. So, grab a friend, find an appropriate fitness routine, and then stay the course to see the incredible results.
Contact us for more information about our gym facilities today!