8 Ways to Get Motivated
Although we all love summertime, it comes with a price. With overcrowded schedules and distractions, it's easy to lose sight of your fitness goals. Take time this weekend to regroup and commit to your goals! Run through these eight strategies to get back on track with your fitness regimen!
1. Write down your workouts
Telling yourself that you are going to work out later isn’t as reliable as marking it in your calendar or putting a note somewhere you will see it.
2. Have a workout partner
It could be a significant other, a family member, or a friend. This person will help to push and encourage you.
3. Keep track of your accomplishments
Looking at your progress and how far you’ve come will motivate you to go further. Keep pushing!
4. Switch things up
By trying new things and switching up your workout routine, you avoid the dreaded fitness plateau. Your body and mind need change and challenge.
5. Crank the beats
Music gets you amped up and in the mood for a workout. Picking songs with a lot of bass will motivate you to go 100 percent in the gym.
6. A short workout is better than no workout
Even if you have limited time, a short workout is better than none at all. Interval training burns more fat and calories in a short amount of time.
7. Sign up for an event
Doing this will hold you accountable for something such as a 5K. At the end, you have the feeling of accomplishment.
Hitting the gym hard every day and overworking yourself can result in fatigue and/or injury. If you get rest and dedicate a day off from the gym, you will have more energy for your harder workouts.
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Are You in a Relationship with the Gym?
There’s nothing wrong with being a dedicated gym-goer. In fact, you are probably happier and more energized than non gym-goers. Who doesn’t want that? Keep track of how many of the bullets below apply to you. Then see your relationship status with your gym at the end!
- You frequently turn down plans with friends that intercept with your workout schedule.
- You could draw a map of your gym from memory.
- Many of your stories begin with, “This one time at the gym,” or “The other day at the gym.”
- You think a piece of equipment or spot in the gym is yours and cringe when others invade it.
- Most of the others at the gym know who you are and vice versa.
- You have worked out on a Friday or Saturday night at least twice in the past month.
- Going to the gym is usually the highlight of your day.
- You put more thought into what you will wear to the gym than what you will wear to work.
- Your entire schedule revolves around your workout schedule.
- Occasionally, you recruit friends to go to the gym with you so they can experience how great it is too.
- You’ve had the gym to yourself before and it felt like when you were a kid and your parents were gone.
- You’ve worked out at the gym when it was crowded and felt like there were too many people in your house.
- You have at least two strangers’ workout routines memorized.
- Sometimes you pick up after other people, not because you need the equipment, but because you are protective of your gym.
- You put your belongings in the same cubby every time, but if it happens to be occupied, a small part of you dies inside.
- Sometimes you worry that other people at your gym think you have no life because you are always there.
Calculate your results:
0 – 4: Single
5 – 9: It’s complicated
10 - 16: In a relationship!
What it means:
Single: You head to the gym here and there, but definitely don’t consider yourself a regular. You aren’t quite ready to commit yet, but you’ll get there someday!
It’s complicated: Your gym visits are very inconsistent. Some weeks you’re there crushing your workouts almost everyday, but other weeks you hardly make it there more than once. This on and off pattern makes it difficult for you to define your relationship with the gym!
In a relationship: Gym is bae. Do we really need to explain?
Success Spotlight: Joey from Medina, NY
Say hello to Joey, one of the members at the Medina, NY Snap Fitness location! He’s been with us for over a year now. Read about his transformation below!
"I spent most of my life being the big kid in the room and I would just tell myself it would always be that way so why bother trying to change it. At my heaviest, I weighed about 280 pounds and hated it.
So at the beginning of 2015, I decided to join Snap Fitness in my hometown with some of my friends. I did not plan on making it a huge part of my life, but just as something I could go and do with my friends. As the year went on, I made more and more changes to my lifestyle as a whole. I was committed to going to the gym at least five times a week and began to pay closer attention to my diet. None of these things were big changes, just subtle things here and there like remembering to do cardio or even just staying hydrated.
It’s now April 2016. I weigh 196 pounds and am even signed up to do two tough mudders in the coming year.
When I started this journey, I didn’t think I would ever get to this point but I did and I couldn’t be happier with myself. If I could give whoever is reading this one piece of advice, it would be to find yourself a group of friends who help you along the way. Thanks to all my friends who have been with me from the start and continue to push me to make myself better!"
4 Ways to Start Your Day Right
There are two types of people in the world: early birds and night owls. What’s the first thing you do in the morning? Are you up and at ‘em before your alarm or do you find yourself hitting snooze two or three times? If you fall into the latter of those two scenarios, it’s time to rethink how you start your day. A simple change to your morning routine can result in big gains in productivity and energy throughout the day. Who doesn’t want that?
Here are four easy ways to start your day right. Adding these actions to your morning routine will get your mindset geared up to win the day!
Visualize your success. Professional athletes do this all the time. Close your eyes and think about doing things to the best of your ability. Imagine how that looks and feels. There’s no better feeling than that of accomplishment. For example, let’s say you’re giving a presentation at work this week. Think about speaking with confidence, looking your boss in the eye as you speak, and how fantastic you’ll feel once you get praised for a job well done!
Prioritize your day. To-do lists are your friend, we promise! We often times feel stressed when we let projects or errands pile up. Where do you start? What’s the most important? Write all this out and break each item down by priority. Best of all, you get the pleasure of crossing off items as you knock them out.
Hold on emails. The worst thing you can do first thing in the morning is grab your smart phone and pull up your work email. Don’t do it! This is a habit you need to break. Your emails can wait until you get into the office. Give yourself an hour (or however long it takes) to shower, get dressed, and eat breakfast. Once you get to work, then you can respond to emails with more focus and energy.
Work out. This is a no brainer! The endorphins you get from working out can do wonders for you in the morning. Sure, the first few days of rolling out of the bed and lacing up your running shoes can be tough — but the post-workout happiness is completely worth it. Lucky for you, our clubs are open 24/7 so even the ultimate early risers can get their fitness in.
4 Ways to Spring Into Shape
Warm weather brings some of the best things. Tan lines, patio season, and weekends at the lake all come to mind. Of course, some not-so-healthy decisions typically come with these springtime activities. It may be hard to pass on a happy hour with friends on a cool rooftop or spending the day at the beach with a cooler filled with sugary (or alcoholic) beverages. However, you shouldn’t let this spring break down your fitness routine and healthy habits you’ve been working hard on this year. Moderation is the name of the game this season — you shouldn’t have to skip out on fun times with family and friends to avoid temptation!
Here are four ways to stay focused this spring:
It’s not all about happy hour! Plan fitness-based social activities with your coworkers and friends.
Bike to a local coffee shop and catch up over iced chai lattes. Rollerblade around the lake and hit the beach after you’ve done a few laps. Check if any fun themed-runs (like the Mud Run or Color Run) are coming to your town soon. These are all fun ways to make memories with loved ones while burning calories.
Skip the sugary drinks.
You know the usual suspects: lemonade, soda, milkshakes, margaritas, etc. They taste amazing, but the grams of sugar aren’t doing you any favors. You can never have enough water, so make it a habit to always order water at restaurants. Need a flavor kick? Ask for water with lemon or lime.
Same goes for food, too! Watch your intake of greasy and fried food.
Those french fries and onion rings always sound like a good idea, but they’ll leave you feeling crummy and overloaded with sodium and other bad fats. If you’re out with friends and need to eat, suggest sharing a veggie and hummus plate or salad. The more green options available, the better!
Check in with your Snap Fitness club.
A lot of our locations offer Run Clubs for members that start in the spring and last until the fall. Outdoor group fitness classes are also popular in our gyms. How fabulous does boot camp in the park sound? Connect with your club manager or staff members today and see what’s in the queue this spring.
Member Spotlight: Kayla's Story of Dedication
In 2012, I was at my largest. I would say I was pushing around 300 pounds. I realized I was not happy with my appearance, nor was I healthy and wanted to lose weight so I could be healthy for my two-year-old son.
In January 2013, I started a "diet" and I was able to get down to 175 pounds when I got pregnant with my daughter in January 2014. After I had my daughter in September 2014, I was back up to 224 pounds. I was starting to feel depressed again due to my weight.
In March of 2015, I decided I wasn't going to do a diet, I was going to change my lifestyle. I was going to eat healthy and exercise as much as I could. I started as a member of Snap Fitness and watched what I was eating. I read food labels on everything I bought and made healthier choices for me and my family.
I am currently 150 pounds and throughout my journey, I had many people come to me for advice and tips, which is why I decided to change my career path from being an accountant to hopefully one day having my own fitness business.
I am currently studying to get my Certified Personal Training certificate through ACE and have been working at my local Snap Fitness for about two months now.
I love it - I turned my hatred for exercise into a passion. I look forward to working out and actually enjoy being healthy. Not only do I want to be healthy for myself, but for my children. I want them to see that exercising can be fun and eating healthy doesn't have to be boring.
I was overweight most of my life and was held back from doing a lot of things, that’s something I don't want for my children. I have so many goals for my future that I can't wait to accomplish.
My biggest goal is entering the World's Beauty Fitness & Fashion show in 2017. They have a transformation category now. I'm so glad I made these changes in my life. If you would have told me four years ago that I would be working at Snap Fitness and studying to be a CPT, I probably would've laughed at you.