Archive for March 2nd, 2012

Tips to stay motivated and find time for fitness

- March 2nd, 2012

Timely tips from our good friends at GoodLife …

The key to fitting a workout into your already busy schedule is commitment and ingenuity, according to Jaimie Chapman, manager of GoodLife Fitness for Alberta.

With long work hours, families, commuting, errands and socializing, it’s increasingly difficult to find time to work out on a regular basis.

GoodLife Fitness has come up with tips to stay motivated and find time for fitness in your busy routine. The results are worth it — increased productivity, stress relief, more patience and perspective for your family, and of course, a healthier you.

Jaimie Chapman, manager of GoodLife Fitness for Alberta, says the key to fitting a workout into your already busy schedule is commitment and ingenuity.

“The easiest thing is to find a pocket of your day where it could work, and then commit to it. Put yourself first, and think of yourself as a elite athlete. Nothing should stop you,” she says.

The following are some of Chapman’s tips for success:

Find the time, and stick with it

Many people find time first thing in the morning — before work and before their families wake up. Others find it easier to fit their workout in at lunch or after their kids go to sleep. Workouts don’t have to take long. The important part is to carve out an hour to get there.

Mix it up

There’s no need to spend all your time on the treadmill. Fitness Clubs offer a range of group classes, like the latin dance-inspired Zumba, and the military resistance workout TRX. There are a range of machines and personal trainers available to help you achieve on your fitness goals without losing interest.

Bring your kids

For parents with young kids it can seem impossible to find time for a workout when your child is first priority. Look for a fitness club with a child care facility and make a trip to the gym part of your routine. Chances are your child will enjoy the experience and you’ll feel good knowing you’re finding time for exercise.

Build in social time

We’re so busy it’s hard to find time to see friends or family. Try booking time to workout together. You’ll have a chance to catch up and you will help motivate each other to keep going. Plus, it’s harder to cancel when you’ve arranged a meeting.

GoodLife treadmillJoin the group

With hours spent in front of a computer, or at home watching the kids, today’s busy lifestyle can also be isolating. Group fitness classes are a chance to be social, meet new people and benefit from extra motivation. And when you’re part of a group, you’ll be more inclined to return regularly … your fellow members are expecting you!

Reward yourself

Set your fitness goals and identify a reward for when you reach your goals. Maybe it’s shopping, an evening out, or relaxation time. It’s important to celebrate your own progress and maintain your motivation through positive reinforcement. You deserve it!

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