While it might not sound as menacing as the “Game of Thrones” mantra (“Winter is coming!”), the approach of warmer months can be daunting for those attempting a drastic change to exercise routine before swimsuit season. Don’t let the prospect of endless neighborhood BBQ’s get you down; you can enjoy delicious hotdogs and burgers
learn to amp up your workout regimen! Here are five tips to implement in your summer fitness plan:
1. Create a schedule.
This tip is the oldest in the book...because it works! If you haven’t been working out regularly, find out if you enjoy a quick run before work or if you prefer winding down your day with a jog before bed. Even for morning people, squeezing in a workout (especially before heading to the office) can be an adjustment. However, most people find that it gets easier, boosts your energy and brightens your mood for the rest of the day! Others prefer to hit the gym right after work (often, going home first can be detrimental to motivation), while some find that working out right before a shower and bed is the perfect end to a night. Find what works for you. Be consistent. Stick with it.
BONUS: The Lake Carolina Development has over 30 miles of gorgeous walking trails. Take advantage of these beautiful paths when you’re walking the dog, taking a stroll with loved ones or training for that 5K!
2. Set end goals.
Most of us workout with a purpose. Whether it's to reduce stress, tone up or simply engage in a healthier lifestyle, your fitness routine should have a purpose! This can be vital to keeping motivation high. Many people use their relaxed summer schedule and beautiful sunny days as incentive to start fresh in terms of healthy habits. This May, begin to set specific goals for a specific time frame. Make sure to keep them realistic and consider creating both a long-term and a short-term plan!
3. Put that iPhone to use!
Nowadays, you can find an app for just about anything! Both the iTunes and the Google Play collection have a whole slew of fitness/health apps. While many require a small fee, some really great picks don't cost a dime. If you're looking to track nutrition, MyFitnessPal
allows you to chronicle calorie intake, fitness routine and the amount of water you’re drinking. For runners, apps like Strava
connect with your location and track your distance and speed!
4. Invest in a membership…
If you’re able to join a fitness center, try it. Often times, these facilities offer a free or discounted trial period. Purchasing a monthly membership can help peak motivation to get up off that couch and use the pass you've put well-earned money towards. Like tip #1, it’s crucial to find a place that suits you. If you’re into cardio or lifting, check out local gyms. If you’re into yoga, pilates, Zumba or cycling, look into nearby studios. Fortunately, many of these places include a bunch of these things for you to try.
BONUS: Lake Carolina’s Town Center is home to the Fuel Fitness and Dance
studio! This unique studio offers classes on ballet barre, aerial silks, dance and more. It also caters courses specifically towards children, teens and adults.
5. ...and then join a class!
Classes at a studio or gym can be one of the best ways to stay consistent with your routine. Not only will you undergo structured workouts on a structured schedule, but there’s a big accountability factor! It’s also the perfect way to get involved with the local community, socialize with others who are pursuing the same goals and make new friends!
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