Staying on top of your fitness routine takes more than remembering what time to show up for class and packing water in your bag to get you through your workout. There’s more to creating the body you want than eating the right foods and flexing your muscles daily.
Keeping fit, for a lifetime, requires dedication on a mental and physical level that will reach into most aspects of your life. Being healthy and in good shape means that you need to adopt a mindset of self-esteem, self-care, and self-exploration.
For those of you who are new to fitness, and to our long-time fitness friends, the following are just a few things to remember as you approach your personal training - and fitness classes - at A4Fitness and even as you train at home.
Don’t Turn to Magazines for the Perfect Body Image
If you’ve been thinking about what your ideal body will look like, after you’ve worked out for a while, don’t turn to magazines for any ideas. The images in magazines, fitness publications or otherwise, are not indicative of your body and its potential so disregard them completely. The ideal body for your will be one that is naturally created based on your healthy eating habits and your daily movements, whether those movements come from lifting weights, taking a Muay Thai class, or enjoying some other workout. Everyone’s body is different, so keep your thoughts on yourself and work out to look like what’s healthy and perfect for you.
Constantly Challenge Yourself
After a few weeks of engaging in fitness, you’ll likely notice physical changes to your body that are dramatic and well-received. But, as your body adapts to your fitness schedule and regime, these changes decrease and your body needs more challenges to lose extra weight or to build muscle mass. If your goal is to get leaner or stronger, you should evaluate and adjust your workout on a continuous basis. Check in on your fitness levels and goals regularly, ideally every few weeks, to see more progress in the long term.
Fitness Should Take Place Out of the House
In order to challenge the body physically (and mentally), most people will need to get out of their house on a regular basis to work out. There is simply not enough stimulation for the body and mind in most individuals’ homes. Which means, you’ll want to utilize equipment at the gym like heavier weights, take new fitness classes that move your body in different ways, and even consider walking or taking public transportation to the fitness studio so that your outlook on life (and health) stays open to possibility. When we constantly push our physical and mental boundaries, we open ourselves up to increased levels of fitness and satisfaction with our lives.
In addition to remembering these key fitness factors, anyone looking to get fit and maintain optimal wellness should approach each workout fully engaged. Exercises and classes that are done half way won’t get you the results you’re looking for, and they could hinder your progress if you become discouraged that you’re not seeing the changes you want. When it comes to fitness, it’s best if you set aside a dedicated time in your day when you can be completely present and focused on your workout. Your mind, body, and spirit should be able to give everything to the task at hand, so that proper form and movements can deliver maximum results.
For more information on fitness and health, please call or visit us at out A4 Fitness gym in Los Angeles.
Adam & Amanda
We have spent most of our adult lives training and guiding hundreds of people toward better health & fitness. We have created this A4 Blog in order to better educate our friends & members. We will answer any of your health / fitness / nutrition questions as well as keeping you posted on what's new at A4.