Smash your fitness goals this year with a few simple tricks and tips.

New Year’s resolutions of working out and taking steps to live a healthier lifestyle are frequently out the window by the end of February! It could be from losing interest, unforeseen obstacles, or trying to commit to a number of big changes all at one time. Luckily, there are ways to combat these obstacles and hurdles and position yourself to smash your goals in 2019.

Staying on track can seem impossible at times, especially with how busy day-to-day life can be. Identifying potential obstacles and motivational interruptions is a good start. For example, don’t plan to be at the gym on days where your schedule is packed or inconsistent. Missing one planned session can snowball easily. Try to plan your workouts on days that are most predictable and where you have the biggest chunk of time available at once.

Keeping it fun is also a great way to maintain interest. Choose activities you really enjoy. Remember it isn’t always necessary to work out in a gym. There are ice rinks, pools, and even the great outdoors! Take advantage of what’s around you. Join a class, have a workout buddy or invite a friend to attend a class with you. Having someone with to you who is working towards the same goal can be an extra boost of motivation! The accountability of knowing they expect you to show up can be an encouraging factor as well.

Contrary to popular belief, it takes much longer than twenty-one days to form a habit. Sixty-six days is much more accurate, but this too will vary. Breaking up the days into segments will help make it seem more doable and prevent you from losing interest. For the first twenty-two days, focus on endurance and general fitness. After that, pick something to concentrate on that you really want to improve such as strength or agility. Change up your workout routine in order to keep it from becoming redundant. Make it fun!

Now that you have a few tips and tricks to help you stay focused and reach your goals, be sure to write them down and get started. If you are looking for a coach to help you, or a team to train with, come check out A2.  Happy New Year everyone! From our A2 family to yours!


 

"Before I started coming to A2 I was always tired and could barely pick up or carry my grandchildren a ½ block. After the first 6 weeks of working with Kristi I got a big surprise when I took my grandchildren to a festival and carried the youngest 4 blocks before she woke up enough to walk. I then picked her up and put her on my shoulders so she could see better without effort. I was amazed at how much strength I had gained in a short time. I continue to see improvement in my strength and I’m no longer tired all the time."

− Jacki

"I’ve had 4 surgeries with different physical therapy clinics and this was my favorite. I felt comfortable and felt like I mattered to my PT which was a good feeling. My progress was as I had expected and any time I had a question or concern it was always answered and my PT adjusted. If it needed to be to avoid the pain I had I didn’t feel pressured to have more PT appointments or pressured to do workouts that aggravated my pain. Thank you for your help! I think offering stem and ultrasound for every patient will be really beneficial. Great experience overall."

− A.S.

"I started at A2 about mid-July and I am in the 9:00 am Friday class. A2 has opened me up to new levels of a workout. There is no “golden Standard”. Everyone goes to the best of their abilities. I feel like I can workout without being judged. In my class there are my mom, dad, aunt Lori, aunt Amber, my cousin Mandy and our newest addition Randy. Kristi is always encouraging us to give our all. She is never telling us that we aren’t doing the workout right. Instead she helps us grow by kindly telling us if we do it this way we will get more out of it and she always helps us get there. I decided to do cross country this year and I feel like I can go and be successful and strong because of my A2 workout. Thank you so much for helping me grow in my health."

− Genevieve