3 keys to combat winter gym doldrums
Don't quit the gym, overcome it.
We all have good intentions. At the beginning of the year we sign up for a gym membership in order to improve our health and fitness. Three months later the ambition to hop on a treadmill becomes stifled by work, family and cold winter weather. Taylor Westrick of Basecamp Fitness says the most common reasons people quit going to the gym are time, motivation and not having a plan. To help you overcome these challenges, Westrick offers the following recommendations:
Use Your Time Wisely
“Going to the gym does not have to be a two-hour ordeal,” Westrick says. Studies have shown that a 35-minute workout with a combination of high-intensity interval training and strength training can have better results than an hour on the elliptical. “You continue to burn extra calories for approximately 30 minutes after stepping off the treadmill, but after a high-intensity workout your body continues to burn extra calories for up to 48 hours as your muscles recover,” Westrick says. An efficient workout, like those offered at Basecamp Fitness, can be executed even on your lunch break.
Know Before You Go
Westrick says you are not alone if you walk into a gym and don’t know where to start. The best solution, she says, is to have a plan in place before you hit the gym. Whether you download an app, find a workout in a magazine or ask a fitness professional to create one for you, having a plan will ultimately help you stick to your routine. Westrick explains how Basecamp Fitness classes are designed to ensure a full-body workout without having to think twice about what to do: “Our trainers lead you through a series of exercises that change daily, so you’re always progressing toward your goals without having to wonder what to do next.” No matter what plan you choose, you will be setting yourself up for success in the new year and beyond.
Find a Workout That Fires You Up
Accountability from your workout community will keep you motivated. “Having a coach or workout buddy will make you way more likely to show up for a workout,” Westrick says. It’s also helpful when the motivation continues throughout your sweat sesh. During Basecamp workouts, partners and trainers high-five at each transition from strength training to high-intensity cardio, keeping the energy up. A great playlist with the right beats per minute (BPM) can also help you stay committed to the workout you started. At Basecamp Fitness, the music is curated by a Los Angeles DJ to match the BPM to the exercises being performed. Workout buddies, high-fives and great music can all help you stay on track with your fitness routine.
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