5 Tips for Fitness Success

I’ve spent the last month trying new fitness classes across the city in my quest to stay in shape and assist you in making informed choices. My first stop was spynga at Bathurst and St. Clair, followed by Fit Factory at Yonge and Wellesley and then I finished up at eMbody on Eglinton West. Along with some aches and pains, I learned a few lessons during my journey and will share my 5 tips for successfully sticking to a workout regimen.

Have fun

Fun does not necessssarily mean easy, but you need to enjoy what you are doing. Something about the class or training session needs to appeal to you and put a  smile on your face. I tried a lot of classes this past month and did not write about all of them. With some, the hour class flew by, with others, the hour seemed endless. No matter how great a workout you’re getting, if you’re bored, you’ll likely not be able to continue long-term.

Change it up a little

They say variety is the spice of life, but it’s also what keeps you coming back to the gym. I don’t bore easily, I eat the same thing for for breakfast most days, but I cannot imagine doing the same workout every day. Whether you love spinning, bootcamp, yoga or pilates, there is such thing as too much of a good thing. Not only will you lose your motivation, your body needs change, as well.

Location, location, location

You need to find somewhere that is convenient. It can be the best workout in the world, but if it’s not easy to get to, it will be impossible to keep up. Find a gym near your work, your home or your children’s school or somewhere that’s on your way to any of these places.

Welcoming atmosphere

Certain gyms can be intimidating for a whole host of reasons. Choose a place where you feel comfortable. It’s important to be able to walk in the door, hang your coat, put your shoes on and feel like you belong.

Workout within your means

Good gyms and fitness programs can be expensive. You may love the idea of a personal trainer, but cannot afford it. There are lots of options out there. Choose a fitness program that you enjoy and that makes financial sense for you.

Good luck with your personal fitness journey in 2012. Stay healthy and have fun!

Leave a comment below and tell us your tricks or tips for sticking to a workout plan.

Photo: Fit Factory Fitness

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