Now that the hot temperatures of Summer have passed (mostly), the crisp Fall air is here and it couldn’t be a better time to focus on your fitness. Prioritizing exercise is a crucial aspect of maintaining physical and mental well-being. Incorporating regular physical activity into your routine can offer numerous benefits, such as improved physical fitness, mental health, and overall quality of life. Here are some steps to help you prioritize exercise, here are 12 tips that our Fitness and Wellness team came up with to help you get started TODAY!
- Set Clear Goals: Determine what you want to achieve through exercise. Whether it’s weight loss, increased strength, better cardiovascular health, or stress reduction, having specific goals can motivate you.
- Create a Schedule: Allocate specific time slots for exercise in your daily or weekly schedule. Treat these appointments with the same importance as other commitments. Take a look at our Group Fitness schedule, all of our classes are included in your membership!
- Start Slowly: If you’re new to exercise or haven’t been active for a while, start with manageable goals and gradually increase the intensity and duration of your workouts. This approach can prevent burnout or injury.
- Choose Activities You Enjoy: Find physical activities that you genuinely like. Whether it’s dancing, hiking, swimming, or playing a sport, you’re more likely to stick with it if you have fun.
- Mix it Up: Variety can keep exercise interesting. Incorporate a mix of aerobic, strength training, and flexibility exercises into your routine. This not only prevents boredom but also provides a well-rounded fitness regimen. We have something for everyone here at the club, including HIIT, TRX, Yoga, Barre, Zumba, Spin, Pilates and more!
- Find Accountability: Partner with a workout buddy, join one of our classes, or consult a personal trainer. Having someone to exercise with or who can hold you accountable can boost your commitment. Our group exercise instructors and class takers are always welcome to new participants and our trainers are here to help you.
- Make it Convenient: Choose a gym or exercise location that’s convenient for you. We have our main club at 7 Reservoir Rd. as well as our 24/7 Express location at the Cummings Center. If you can’t access a gym, consider home workouts or outdoor activities that require minimal equipment.
- Prioritize Self-Care: Recognize the importance of self-care and how exercise contributes to it. Regular physical activity can reduce stress, improve sleep, boost mood, and enhance overall well-being.
- Track Your Progress: Keep a journal or use fitness apps to track your workouts and progress. Seeing your achievements can be motivating and help you stay on track.
- Be Flexible: Life can be unpredictable, and there will be days when your planned workout may not be possible. Be adaptable and find ways to incorporate physical activity into your day, even if it’s just a short walk.
- Set Realistic Expectations: Don’t be too hard on yourself. Progress may be gradual, and setbacks can happen. Focus on the long-term benefits of exercise and stay committed.
- Consult a Professional: If you have specific health concerns or are unsure where to start, we have Health Coaches and Personal Trainers that are here to help. We are happy to offer any members AND non-members a complimentary Wellness Assessment or Personal Training Evaluation to address your goals and path to success, just email [email protected].
Remember that prioritizing exercise is a personal journey, and what works best for one person may not work for another. It’s essential to find an approach that aligns with your goals, preferences, and lifestyle to ensure that exercise becomes a sustainable part of your routine.
Darren Burke / [email protected]
The BAC Fitness and Wellness Team