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Commit to get "fit": Tips on creating a successful workout plan

Posted by [email protected] on January 17, 2015 at 4:10 PM

Beginning a workout program is not easy.  Oftentimes, people who create goals focused on working out and overall fitness have no idea how to get started.  They may be embarassed to walk inside of a gym facility because they aren't sure which machine they should be using, or how the machine works.  They may be afraid of what other people are going to think, and that fear in itself is what keeps them from achieving their goals.  If the person I'm describing here sounds a little like how you're feeling, I'm here to tell you that you are not alone.  I've been in your shoes (ahem:::hip hop dance class) and know how difficult it is to take that first fitness step.  My goal today is to provide you with some pointers on how to implement a successful workout program, as well as open up the floor to any questions you may have on how to "get the ball rolling". 

Tip #1:  Find a workout buddy

Working out with a friend is one of the best ways to begin your workout program for many reasons, but in my opinion one stands out more than others:  ACCOUNTABILITY.  Your workout buddy is counting on you to be there at every workout you have planned, whether it be running outside together or attending a fitness class together.  When you've had a bad day at work, your partner should be there to still push you to be there for your scheduled workout.  When your partner is having a rough time getting through a planned workout, it's your turn to be their cheerleader and morale booster.  Aside from accountability, having a workout buddy allows you to spend time with a friend that you may not normally see during the week.  You can gossip about the newest celebrity, or discuss family life while getting a good sweat on. 

Tip #2:  Schedule your workouts

Preparation makes all the difference in maintaining a successful workout program.  For the last three years, I bought a kitchen wall calendars for the sole purpose of writing my workout plans.  That way, I know every morning what my plan is for the day, and what time I'm planning to work out.  Once I got an iphone, I transferred all of that information into iCal and went even further to share my workout calendar with my husband.  Not only does my husband keep me accountable for the workouts I have scheduled, but he is aware of my plans and when I will or won't be home.  You could even share your workout calendar with your workout partner!

Tip #3:  Diversify your Workouts - Try something new!

It's not uncommon for fitness "newbie" to stick to the one thing they know in a gym - usually that's cardio.  It's pretty easy to hop onto a treadmill, bicycle, or elliptical and watch whatever is on the tv for 30 minutes.  However, if you want to see results and transform your health and overall wellness, cardio alone is not going to get you there.  Try a workout that you've never done before.  If you've never lifted weights, you may consider trying a strength training group exercise class or signing up for a few lessons with a personal trainer.  If you like to dance and get your "groove" on, try a hip hop dance class or Zumba! If you want to increase your flexibility and stretch your muscles, incorporate yoga into your weekly routine. 

Local Spotlight: Aroma Yoga Workshop with Andrea Stuart

Every week I'm going to try and highlight a local (Northern California) event surrounding fitness, health, or overall wellness.  This week's spotlight is on Andrea Stuart, a yoga instructor I practice with every week in Brentwood at the Brentwood Yoga Center.  My favorite class with her is Aroma Yoga:  incorporating aromatherapy and essential oils into a restorative yoga practice.  On Saturday, January 31st from 1-3pm, Andrea will be teaching a workshop on Aroma Yoga.  The workshop is open to everyone, whether you are an avid Yogi or have never practiced yoga before.  Pre-registration is required, so if you're interested in attending or have any questions, please do not hesitate to send me a question or contact Andrea (see above flyer). 

Until next time... have a great week and don't be shy to ask me any questions you may have.  Let me help you reach your fitness goals!

- Sandee

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Reply Maggie
8:57 PM on January 17, 2015 
I feel fortunate that Sandee is my workout partner. She motivates me everyday to not only work out but to push myself when I am there. She is my biggest cheerleader in the gym! She even got me to try the Aroma Yoga class with Andea last week and next week I am trying Zumba for the first time. Thanks Sandee for your never ending encouragement.