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Winter is approaching and it’s that time of year when people head indoors to escape the cold – and too often escape their workouts! Eating more at holiday parties and skipping exercise can be a recipe for disaster. Instead of having a lot to overcome when the New Year arrives, follow these tips from the experts at Life Fitness take your fitness indoors when the temperatures drop.
Request a tour of your local health club to be sure you’re aware of all they can offer – many gyms have private trainers, child care, team sports, swimming and spas. Look into a wide variety of fitness classes such as Zumba, Pilates, Yoga, strength training and kick boxing. By exploring the various ways you can utilize a gym membership, you may get more excited about going to the gym.
Don’t let unfamiliar machines intimidate you – learning and conquering something new can be a huge boost to your enthusiasm and motivation. Set out to try a new class or learn about a new piece of equipment each week.
If you aren’t ready to purchase a new gym membership, find out if gyms near you offer free one-day or one-week passes, or get a buddy pass from a friend who already goes to the gym. Some gyms offer pay-as-you-go memberships, so you only pay for what you use.
You may think that getting a gym membership means you have to make an appearance every day. If you are just getting back to the gym, commit to what’s realistic and doable for you – two or three visits a week is OK to start with.
Fit Tips are provided by Life Fitness, the leader in designing and manufacturing high-quality exercise equipment for fitness facilities and homes worldwide. For more information on Fit Tips and other fitness advice and expertise visit www.lifefitness.com or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/lifefitness or join our Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/lifefitness.