Fitness Tune Up

Posted by Courtney Robertson on Jun 01, 2016 /  comments

The snow has melted and warm days are here. Joggers and cyclists fill the streets but you’re feeling out of shape, unmotivated and have no idea where to begin. We’ve put together some tips to help you get moving, have fun and feel great this summer!

Schedule the Time

You would never miss an important meeting with your boss or child's teacher, right? Schedule each workout and treat it just the same, like something you cannot miss. Take it a step further and jot it down in your calendar or day planner. Turn your phone off like you would in a meeting and avoid any interruptions.

Create a Program

Some personal trainers offer customized programs that you can do on your own at home. Utilizing a program can be an affordable alternative to personal training sessions in a gym. It is also fairly simple to create your own program through online resources and YouTube videos. Programs allow you to have a well-planned and focused workout routine that will provide optimal benefits in the least amount of time.

Find a Workout Partner

Find someone who has similar goals to your own to keep you on track. Recruiting a spouse or a friend to keep you accountable will provide valuable support and increase your odds of working out regularly.

Workout at Home

Don't have a gym membership? No problem! Purchasing a simple resistance band and perhaps a few hand weights can be enough equipment to feel the burn. Utilize the stairs in your house for cardiovascular exercise and take advantage of body-weight exercises which require absolutely no equipment! If you have limited space in your home take your workout outside or to a public park. Utilize the length of your driveway, patio stairs and benches to increase cardiovascular benefits. Head to your deck or front lawn and try a power yoga routine, which requires just enough space to fit a yoga mat. Try to incorporate a resistance band workout, which also requires very little space and is a great workout routine to do while traveling (resistance bands take up very little space and weigh virtually nothing!).

Try a Tabata Workout

A Tabata is a high-intensity interval workout that can be done in under twenty minutes. You may be thinking such a short workout would have no benefits, but each exercise is to be done at your maximum effort for an increase in heart-rate and therefore an increase in metabolism. Each Tabata consists of four exercises lasting 20 seconds each, followed by a 10 second rest period. Each exercise is repeated up to eight times. Try this ten minutes Tabata workout to get you started!

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