By Shannon Sutton
So you made your New Year’s resolution and probably did well until February 1, and now you’re thinking, “I’ll start up again in March and work toward a summer beach body.” Whether you need to look sexy in your little red dress, or you want those biceps to turn some heads, this is no time to let your workout slide. If the thrill of Valentine’s Day is not enough to keep you motivated, how about doing it for yourself?
If you find yourself feeling in a rut, or you feel like you aren’t seeing results, remember you are only a month into the new year! It takes time to see results; the point is to stick with it. Many people find that one of the best ways to stay with an exercise plan is to change it up. You don’t work the same muscle group every day, and you shouldn’t do the same cardio workout every day either.
For example, if you spend an hour of cardio on the elliptical machine five days a week, it’s time to change your routine – your body is bored. Try 30 minutes each on the elliptical and the treadmill, and the next day, 45 minutes on a Stairmaster. The third day hit it hard with an hour on the bike. You can mix and match, but make sure you have a plan each day. By changing up your workout, you keep your body excited, and it continues to respond, helping you stay on track for the new and improved healthy you in 2008.
Shannon Sutton is an independent C.P.T. (Certified Personal Trainer). Her certifications include ISSA, NASM, APEX and Reebok. She has invested years in helping individuals reach health, fitness and wellness goals. Contact Sutton by phone at (210) 722-3962 or via E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.