Fitness is a lifelong journey that can provide longevity as well as optimal quality of life. On your road to health, consider the tips provided below to realize your goals and get the most out of the time you invest in yourself.
Have a buddy system. Get active with those with whom you enjoy spending time. Creating accountability is one way to increase the odds that you will show up for your workout, and it makes exercise a whole lot more enjoyable. Set up a daily text routine with a buddy, check in with each other and provide support. Encourage family and friends to enjoy a hike or walk with you before having happy hour or dinner out.
Enlist the help of a professional. Success depends upon results. You must see progress to maintain momentum, and this is best accomplished by enlisting the help of a qualified, nationally certified personal trainer who can provide a comprehensive assessment followed by a customized, challenging program with safety as the No. 1 goal. In our club, new members are provided with four appointments upon enrollment. This helps to ensure they can confidently use the club and equipment to their utmost advantage.
One important aspect of exercise science is the principle of adaptation. Our bodies are created to adapt, which comes in handy in a survival situation. In regard to fitness, it means that routines must be changed from time to time in order to continue progressing. Working with a personal trainer will allow you to benefit from the knowledge of a professional who can alter your routine on a regular basis and ultimately keep you motivated.
Join a health club. We live in an amazing area! Opportunities for enjoying an outdoor workout are plentiful. A health club does not take the place of your outside time; in fact, it will enhance it. Think of your health club as the place you train for adventure as well as an option for times when the weather is not conducive to being outside. When searching for a place to work out, it is critical to find a club that employs people who are qualified, caring and supportive of your unique goals. In addition to this, look for a club that will provide support from the beginning to get you launched on the road to success. Furthermore, it is important to find a club that monitors participants’ safety.
Do something you enjoy! Adherence is not sustainable if you have to force yourself into fitness. Try different activities until you find something you look forward to doing. Relish the joy of movement and the many benefits that will come as a result! QCBN
By Lisa Fry
Lisa Fry is the health & fitness director for Touchmark at The Ranch. Her responsibilities include overseeing the Touchmark Health & Fitness Club, which includes an indoor pool, state-of-the-art equipment, certified fitness professionals and group classes. The club is open to anyone 50 years and older. To reach Lisa or for more information, call 928-708-3133.