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Get 2014 Resolution Ready

Does your 2014 Resolution involve fitness, wellness or other health related goal?  If so, one of the hardest challenges you’ll face the first few weeks of the new year will be sticking with it.  Any gym regular can tell you they dread the first few weeks of January.  Why?  The gym is packed with people they know won’t be around in February.  These newbies often have poor gym etiquette, do exercises incorrectly and prevent those who know what they want to do, and how to do it, from getting the workout they want.  Succeed with your 2014 Resolution and blend in with the members who aren’t getting their first month free by following these tips from Team FitNice.2014 resolution

Goals
Set reasonable goals you can work with.  “I want to lose weight” is very vague, while “I want to lose 20 pounds” is very well defined.  It’s hard to stay motivated when you continually miss your goal, don’t have a deadline or can’t measure progress.  It’s incredibly important to set small, incremental, step by step goals like “I want to lose 2 pounds per week” which are specific, measurable and time oriented.  Especially if you’re working towards a big weight loss or sport specific 2014 Resolution goal, consider getting help from a personal trainer or other fitness professional.  You can also learn more about setting achievable goals right here.

Exercise Choices
Choose exercises you are comfortable with and enjoy.  If you don’t like what you’re doing, there’s no way you’re going back for more.  Don’t be afraid to try different things, not 2014 resolutionevery mode of working out is right for everyone.  Lots of women aren’t looking forward to Olympic Lifting, and men typically aren’t heading to Zumba, but there are tons of activities out there.  Try Crossfit, spinning, kickboxing, yoga, pilates or boot camp.  What if you like more than one gym, studio or workout?  That’s great news.  You’ll meet tons of people, make new friends and never get bored.

Etiquette
The gym regulars can be sticklers.  New members can sometimes feel uncomfortable in a new environment and without a professional, like a personal trainer, by their side, can make a mess of their first few trips to a new gym.  Achieve your 2014 Resolution goal and be comfortable in the gym by remembering to share, or ‘work in’, on equipment, clean equipment off and put it back where it came from when you’re finished and refrain from grunting and groaning while working out.  One of the best ways to learn proper etiquette is to spend your first few trips to the gym with a personal trainer.  There is always someone working in the gym, and no matter what they’re doing, they’ll probably be willing to help, so don’t be afraid to ask.  And remember, everyone was new once.

Now you’re ready to go!  Set your 2014 Resolution Goal, try a few different fitness outlets and accomplish anything.

Want help reaching your 2014 Resolution Goal?  We’re glad to help!  Email us at Info@FitNicePT.com

Sitck with that Resolution this Year

It’s a brand new year, and with that comes New Year’s Resolutions.  While people make all sorts of resolutions, ranging from quitting smoking (common) to learning a new language (less common), a perennial favorite is the “I’m going to get in shape this year” mantra.  The popularity of this resolution leads to the inevitable three week crush at the gym.  Packed with newbies, gyms are both raking in membership fees and facing big crowds.  All of the regulars start betting how long each newbie they see will last.  This is the year you outlast them all, and you’re about to learn how.

If you’ve made the very same ‘I’m going to get in shape this year’ resolution before and not been successful, it’s important to know why.  Examine previous attempts at achieving a resolution, both successful ones and failures.  Once you know how you did it or where you took a wrong turn, those right moves and mistakes will help you succeed this time around.

Start small.  While you may want to lose twenty pounds or run ten miles in the first two days, your best bet is to start small.  While enthusiasm is a must for beginning a fitness program, overdoing it too soon can lead to injury and, ultimately, failure.  If you can walk ten minutes a day for a week, walk fifteen minutes the next week and so on.  You will reap rewards without hurting yourself, while also learning how and when you are able to fit a workout into your day.

By starting slowly, you have an opportunity to try different things.  Because you aren’t ready to commit to a specific fitness program just yet, you’re free to take a different class each trip to the gym, work out alone, get together with a trainer, or check out different facilities.  Use the beginning of the year, when gyms are crowded with people who won’t stick around, to figure out what works best for you.  Find a place you feel comfortable, maybe even know a few people, and you’ll be sure to return.

While you’re trying all of the different and exciting fitness offerings in your area, write down what you’re doing.  Keeping a record of your adventures can help you look back and decide what you liked best, what the best location was, or how you felt when you finished a certain type of workout.

Most of all, be proud of yourself.  You have a plan you’re going to stick with and the results will come.  You won’t be a January Gym casualty and you deserve a lot of credit for that.