So how are you doing working toward your goal? Now is a great time for a check-in with yourself to be sure you are on track. It’s also a great time to try something new to be sure you can keep your routine fresh and maintain your motivation.
Dotty is back with a few new exercises you can try to add variety to your workout.
Don’t forget the other great options the Y has available for you!
Take a Dip in the Pool – Try a water fitness class or take a lap. Exercise in the water is low impact and offers a great workout for a variety of fitness levels.
Virtual Fitness Options – Can’t make it to the Y today? That’s no reason to miss your workout. Check-in virtually to access hundreds of virtual options to keep you moving wherever you are.
We want you to be successful reaching your goals. Here are a few tips for staying on track:
Have realistic goals and expectations
This is key. Give yourself the time you need to accomplish your goals without rushing your body. This will help prevent injury and setbacks.
Write it down
The intentionality of committing something to writing helps your focus and keeps you moving toward success. If you need extra motivation, write your goal on a post-it note and place it where you can see it each morning.
Celebrate your victories
Having a healthy reward system for meeting goals is crucial to staying on track. You should not deny yourself everything all day, every day.
Listen to your body
You know yourself best. If you need to lighten up a workout, do so. If your body needs rest, take a day and recommit the next day. Being in tune with how you feel will help protect you from injuries and ensure you stay healthy for the long-haul.
Ask for help
If you aren’t sure how to get started – seek out experts. If you need an accountability partner – confide in a trusted friend and set regular check-in dates. If you are motivated by games/apps - buy a wearable device or download an app that track your progress. Whatever you need to be successful, seek it out.
If you’re truly unsure where to begin, don’t worry. The YMCA can help. Our staff are trained to help you identify realistic goals, break down barriers to your success, and cheer you on along the way.