The New Year brings with it lots of new aspirations, ideas, resolutions and promises, many related to getting fit and losing weight.
Health clubs, gyms and leisure centres are usually brimming with new members all ready to take on board their own personal fitness challenges.
For many people starting a new fitness routine this can be quite a daunting prospect. Where should you go, what should you do, how often, what do you need to wear, what type of activity should you do to burn calories, lose weight, tone up? How much will it cost? You can see why many fitness resolutions are short lived.
We asked Tracey Vowels, instructor and owner of The Fitness Company Health Club how she helps customers stay motivated.
“Variety is the key – we offer classes for all ages, all levels of fitness and at different times.
“Last April we ran ‘Drop A Dress Size’ a ten-week exercise and weight loss programme with fantastic results and in the autumn we were aware of the need for more Over 50 classes so we added a morning programme for that age group, Nifty over 50, Zumba Gold, Line dancing and Pilates.
“We also try and keep up to date with new fitness trends and ‘Piloxing’ a concept of boxing and pilates toning is being launched this month.
“Four months ago we teamed up with Abbi from Diamond DG to offer dance classes for children and along with ‘Fit Kids’, our exercise and healthy eating programme, we aim to keep our children fit and active too.
Tracey’s top tips for keeping motivated are:
l find something you really enjoy doing
l exercise with a friend –you are more likely to stick with it
l try before you buy – most clubs will let you have a taster session
l find the right workout facility
l think outside the box – exercise such as team sports, bowling, walking clubs, water exercise, dance classes or martial arts may be just what you are looking for.