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Achieving your fitness goals starts with picking the right gym. Surround yourself with a supportive community of friendly, like-minded people, and you’re on your way! Here are a few tips to get started and stick with it…

Corinne Brown, Founder & Owner

Tips to Get Started and Keep It Going

Sticking with a routine for a healthy lifestyle takes ongoing dedication and commitment. But it also takes some common sense, balance, and a game plan that works. Most of all, it takes the right gym! Here are some things that I have learned over the years that might help you.

This is For You!

First of all, do this for yourself, meaning not for a scheduled event in your life or a goal that turns out to be short-term. Fitness is a long-term commitment. In fact, it’s a forever commitment. It can’t be conquered in a day, a week, or even a few months. So pacing yourself is a key component of success. Woody Guthrie had a saying that applies to exercise, “Take it easy, but take it.” Be committed, sure, but don’t overdo it!  Hours at the gym don’t make you thinner or feel better; they will just wear you out and break you down physically and mentally until you dread even the thought of a workout. Don’t go there. Success starts with showing up regularly and enjoying your workout.

Lift Heavy Things!

Here’s something I can’t emphasize enough – Strength Train! The mentality of all-cardio all the time with little or no strength training can actually work against you. Instead of building muscle that will burn calories, you’re burning calories by cannibalizing muscle. Remember this: muscle burns calories, even when you’re away from the gym. Also, keep in mind that physical strength correlates to longevity. The stronger you are and remain, the longer you’re likely to be around and the more robust you’re likely to be. So strength train, please.


Here’s another important concept that I always preach: Mix it up! Incorporate many different styles and types of workouts; variety is what will make you succeed. It will also keep you mentally stimulated and physically challenged, which are key to sticking with it and getting great results. Try different classes! We have a hundred to choose from every week. Mix up lifting weights with stretching and running or walking on the treadmill. And get outside when you can – there’s more to fitness than the gym!

Work Within Your Limits!

Remember, your workout isn’t a competition with anyone but yourself. Everyone you see at the gym, no matter how advanced they appear,  was once a beginner. They know what it’s like, and they respect you for being there. Almost all of them will be very supportive of you. Stick with it, and you’ll improve at your own pace. The keys are consistency and patience.  You’re in this for the long run, so act accordingly. Build up gradually and acknowledge your weaknesses even as you seek to strengthen them. It won’t happen overnight, but it will happen.  And you’ll only set yourself back if you get hurt by overdoing it.

It’s Better Together!

Another idea that works – work out with a friend or two!  Just knowing you are going to meet another will make you accountable and motivate you. And it’s just plain fun. You’re already on the right track – Fitness Incentive is an amazing community of friendly, supportive human beings, all after the same thing as you: to be fit and healthy!

I could go on:

Establish a routine. Set your workouts to the same time and on the same days, and stick with the plan.  Track your progress. Nothing is more inspiring than seeing your results. And take time to celebrate your successes (but within reason!).

If you follow some or all of these simple guidelines, you’ll have something priceless to celebrate; a healthier, fitter, happier, you!

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About the Author

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Corinne Brown

Corinne Brown is a Fitness Professional with over 40+ years experience.  She is the co-founder and co-owner of Fitness Incentive.

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