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4 Tips For Keeping Motivated to Stay in Shape

Working out won’t do much if you don’t stick with it. Without a regular routine, it’s easy for that muscle you built to melt away and the fat to come back. At the same time, staying motivated can be difficult. Use these tips to help you stay motivated so you can be fit and healthy for the long run.

Keep Your Eye on the Prize
Remember what you’ll gain by exercising and why you started in the first place. Maybe you want to reduce your risk of health conditions, gain strength, look better and/or feel better -- both mentally and physically. Maybe it’s a promise you made to your kids or to yourself. Whatever your reason, write it down and revisit when you need a motivation kick.

Get a Personal Trainer
While it can be easy to make excuses and let yourself off the hook from a workout, being held accountable with personal training can help you stay on track. Also, while many people get frustrated by their results and boring workouts over time, a personal trainer will adapt your workout so you can keep seeing results and mix up your routine.

Make Fitness Easy
When you have barriers in your way, working out seems like a struggle that's easy to give up. But taking some steps to make exercising easier will help you stick with it. For example, have your workout clothes and equipment easily accessible. Also, have go-to workouts you can count on. Put working out into your schedule and stick to it, even if you adapt the intensity. 

Make Goals and Track Workouts
Instead of working out with no aim, make concrete goals for your workouts. It helps to have long-term goals along with short-term goals to help you get there. Your goals could be focused on the length of your workouts, the intensity, how many calories to burn or how much weight to lose. Or maybe you want to focus on fitting into certain clothes, tightening your body or competing in a fitness contest. It's up to you. Then, track your progress by writing it down or using technology. Pay attention to your patterns -- celebrate the successes and learn from the off-days.

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Keep the “I” in Fitness at Your Next Group Workout

Here at HAPT, we’re fans of the buddy system. Because, let’s face it—having the support of a friend while you’re sweating through a power-packed workout can make any gym visit a little less grueling. A 2011 studypublished in the Psychology of Sport and Exercise suggests that the exercise habits of others can influence your own.  That means that a strong support system made up of committed fitness buddies can boost your chances of meeting your fitness goals.  
 
Here are some tips to help you keep up with fellow exercisers. Make sure you have everything you need to make the most of your group fitness experience:  
 
  • Communicate. Being open and honest with your trainer and your group about any physical injuries or limits is key to creating a positive environment. Group members can get a better grasp of how to support you when they’re aware of your strengths, weaknesses, and health history.
  • Don’t be shy.Working out in a group can relieve the pressures of comparison, but it can also make room for you to slack off in the background. Going unnoticed can be detrimental in the long-term, as it prevents your trainer or instructor from correcting any flaws in your form that could lead to injury.  HAPT personal training sessions do away with the all-purpose approach—coaching each client through a workout tailored for his or her body and goals. If you can, grab a spot near the instructor and chat briefly with him or her after the session to receive individualized feedback.  
  • Mix it up. According to a recent Consumer Exercise Trends Survey, more than half of regular gym-goers participate solely in fitness sessions, sparking an increase in single-activity boutique studios. However, continuously working the same areas might hold you back from maintaining a productive regimen. Consider supplementing your group sessions with personal training, equipment-based workouts, or fitness sessions that target additional muscle groups.  Achieving total fitness is all about balance.
 
While a great exercise partner can push you to complete one more rep or stick to your routine, personal accountability is still essential. The energy of a group fitness environment, combined with a keen sense of self, can result in a fun, rewarding workout for all.

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5 Tips for a Safe Summer Workout

Between firing up the grill and planning your next beach trip, you might be wondering how to kick it in gear for the season of barbeques and bikinis. With three months of sunshine and clear skies comes the possibility of fitness goals realized. Even if you don’t see a routine sweat session in your future, there are still plenty of reasons to get up and get out this summer. A recent study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine recommends that we break up long periods of sitting with up to four hours on our feet. That’s more than enough time to step out of your home or office and take advantage of the warm weather.

As you prepare to let the sun shine on your outdoor plans, it’s important to keep safety and wellness in mind. The following tips will help to keep you cool and health-conscious while you shed pounds this season:

  1. Stay hydrated: Working up a sweat may be a sign of success, but be sure to maintain your body’s fluid balance. According to the American Council of Exercise, even minimal water loss can lead to decreased performance. Prevent dehydration by drinking water before, during, and after your workout.
  2. Timing is everything: Prolonged heat exposure can wear your body down, leading to fatigue. Avoid the “summer slump” by shifting your workout to the morning or early evening, when temperatures are more comfortable. Consider low-impact aquatic exercises or a breezy bike ride for cool afternoon options.
  3. Shorten your sessions: Don’t let fatigue stop you from finishing strong. Maximize productivity by breaking up your typical 45-minute session into two, low-intensity 15-minute sessions.
  4. Dress the part: Loose-fitting, cotton clothing in light colors can repel heat waves and make your run in the sun more bearable. Looking to upgrade your summer fitness wardrobe? Consider gear with special “sweat-wicking” technology.
  5. Listen to your body: Perseverance pays off in the pursuit of any fitness goal, but overexertion in high temperatures can be dangerous. Recognize the signs of heat stress and dehydration. Symptoms like dizziness, weakness, nausea or vomiting may be your body’s way of demanding rest.
Looking for more ways to prioritize body awareness and optimal results this season? High Altitude Personal Training provides individualized attention in a safe and motivating small group environment. Click here to learn how you can beat the heat with us as you work towards your beach body.
 

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