Lana Pacheco, Fitness Director & Certified Personal Trainer
Happy New Year! Here are seven tips to help make your 2018 exercise commitment a success.
- You can never out-train a bad diet or “you are what you eat.” Any training program is hard work, requiring time and effort. However when it comes to effecting changes in body composition, a larger component of that change is diet. By now we all know the difference between a healthy diet and one that is riddled with unhealthy choices. The good news is the choice is yours. No matter how much you exercise, if you are consistently eating more calories from poor food choices you will not lose the body fat.
- Train for the goal you want. Have a S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timed) plan. Don’t set yourself up to fail! Before you start an exercise program, have a plan and follow it. If you are not getting the results you want, you can revise your plan.
- Keep going. We can be our own worst enemy when it comes to being strict with ourselves. Give yourself a break if you miss a workout here or there. When you hit a target goal, give yourself a reward.
- Make the most of your time. Time is often the limiting factor when it comes to exercising. But it doesn’t have to be. Choosing exercises that give you more bang for your buck you will insure those fitness goals are achievable. Compound exercises like squats, deadlifts, kettlebell swings, pull ups, and TRX back rows are among those that will achieve a higher effort in a shorter period of time.
- Don’t use excuses. Plan your exercise around the time of day when you will be most able to do it. Put it in your calendar and do it. If you don’t like to do a certain part of your exercise routine but you know it’s good for you—do it first.
- Find a training partner. Training with a friend can yield several benefits, the most obvious of which is motivation.
- Be aware of the scales. Weigh yourself to stay on track but know that sometimes the scale will show an increase in body weight which could be good if you are building muscle. Pay attention to how your clothes are fitting and how you feel. If your clothes are less tight in certain areas, you’re probably on the right track.
The club has a number of resources to help: Patty Torza is a Certified Holistic Nutritionst, Jenna Merrow is one of our most recent additions to the training staff, and we have a new Pilates training studio and many group exercise classes throughout the day. Make 2018 the year you create the healthy habits to make your fitness commitment a success.