A New Year’s Fitness Resolution You Can Stick To

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Are you tired of making New Year’s resolutions that fizzle and die before Valentine’s Day? You’re not alone! Research shows that 80 percent of resolutions fail by the middle of February. You may feel like the odds are stacked against you, but you can make this year different. If you truly want to change your life for the better, now is the time to do it. Steel Fitness Riverport of Bethlehem personal trainers offer five simple tips to help you start the year off right so your fitness resolution for 2019 sticks throughout the year and for years to come!

1. Get Your Mindset Right

Most people give up on their New Year’s resolutions because they never really took them seriously in the first place. If you want to live a fit and healthy life, it all starts with your mindfulness & mindset. You must understand that your goal is not a temporary fix, but a permanent lifestyle change.
Before you do anything, ask yourself why you want to make a change. Do you want to stay healthy enough to keep up with your grandchildren? Is there a little black dress you’re dying to fit into? Whatever your reason, write it down. This will help you regain your focus when things start to get tough.

2. Make Your Resolutions Manageable

Your fitness resolution for 2019 shouldn’t be a fantasy. If you immediately resolve to go to the gym seven days a week and that’s not realistic for your current fitness level and lifestyle, you’re just setting yourself up for failure.
Instead, start with smaller, more reasonable goals, like going to the gym three days a week. This will give your body and mind a chance to acclimate to your “new normal.” As you accomplish these smaller steps, keep pushing yourself to gradually work your way towards your long-term goal.

3. Find Ways to Make Exercise Fun

Being more active is a critical part of any fitness resolution. No matter what your current fitness level is, adding more exercise into your life doesn’t have to be torture. The key to success lies in finding ways to make exercise fun.
If running or lifting weights doesn’t excite you, try taking a yoga class, sign up for an outdoor training course, or give AntiGravity Fitness a whirl. Don’t be afraid to mix it up and try different things. This will help keep you from getting bored, and you may just find a new passion.

4. Fuel Your Body

Cleaning up your diet and staying hydrated are also critical for making your fitness resolution for 2019 a success. All of the exercise in the world won’t help you if you’re not giving your body the fuel it needs.
Start by cutting out fast food, chips, candy, soda, and other sources of empty calories. Replace these foods with healthy snacks like apples with peanut butter, veggies with hummus, and high-quality protein shakes. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day will help your body function properly while also curbing your appetite.

5. Don’t Give Up

Understand that you will have setbacks. Don’t turn a small mistake into a big one by throwing in the towel when you start to get off track. Everyone misses gym days once in a while, binges on birthday cake, and has days when they just don’t feel like doing it anymore.
If the reasons you wanted to get healthy haven’t gone away, then don’t quit. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and get back to it.

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The Importance of Drinking Water During a Workout

A workout is loaded with things that can distract you. From the reps that you’re trying to get to the focus that you have throughout each exercise, it’s incredibly easy to forget to fuel your body during the workout. While there are so many things that you can do to fuel your body, the best thing that you could do is drink plenty of water before, during, and after your workout.

Today’s blog is going to be focused on the importance of water intake and how it affects your workout as a whole, but also how your body can hurt when you don’t provide it with enough water.

 

Detox Your Body

One of the many benefits of fueling your body with water is that the water in your body detoxes your body on a daily basis. When your body sweats and breathes, it’s using the water in your body to help push those toxins out and leave your body clean and healthy. When your body doesn’t have enough water in it, it’s unable to push those toxins out.

You may correlate skin breakouts, bloating, and various other downfalls to the times that you didn’t drink enough water, and that’s because your body is unable to push those toxins out. When it’s unable to do so, it has to reap the consequences of the toxins which is what those less than pleasant effects are due to.

 

Dehydration is No Joke

It’s very easy to get dehydrated, and more often than not, our bodies are close to getting to that point. When it gets to extreme levels, dehydration can create kidney failure, troubles with your liver, extreme overheating, heat exhaustion, and more. The longer that you deprive your body of water, the more extreme the symptoms and side effects will be.

When it comes to your workout, the amount that you’re sweating will also affect the level of dehydration that you experience. If you’re sweating a lot, and not refueling your body with water, then you’re going to get dehydrated much quicker. Depending on the intensity of your workout, you’ll want to drink water accordingly.

 

Muscle Repair

Another essential part of working out is the repair of your muscles. If you’re pushing yourself to the limit when you go and workout, then you’re going to need to be considering just what your body needs to avoid an injury. One of the best things to help your muscles recover is water. For that reason, it’s vital that you’re not only drinking water before or during your workout but that you’re continuing to hydrate your body long after the workout as well.

If you’re finishing up your workout and you’re about to leave the gym, fill up your water bottle and make sure that you have plenty of water to keep drinking on the way home. Your body will thank you for this every single time.

We’ve only mentioned a few of the benefits that drinking water will have on your body, but countless others have long-term effects on your health and your body. Whether you’re living an active lifestyle or you’re taking steps to improving your health, remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day and during each workout. Just swapping out one to two drinks that you have that aren’t water each day will provide your body with so many benefits.

As you stop by your local gym in Bethlehem this summer, make sure that you have plenty of water to keep you fueled throughout your workout! We can’t wait for you to stop in.

 

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Benefits of Fitness Classes

We are six months into the year and those fitness goals are starting to hang over many us. With warm weather making an appearance here in Bethlehem, that “beach bod” we’ve been working towards is something that is front and center. If you’re starting to get a little bit frustrated with the process or you’re looking for a new challenge, one of the best things that you can do is sign up for a fitness class.

Steel Fitness offers a selection of classes that make it easy for you to prioritize your health and stay on track. If you’ve never participated in one of these classes, here are a few of the reasons you might fall in love with them.

 

Something New to Try

If you’re experiencing a plateau that’s frustrating you, it may be because your body is getting accustomed to the workout that you’ve been doing. If you have been doing something similar for the last couple of months, then it is just about time to switch it up. These different classes allow for you to try something new whenever you feel like it while still getting a workout that challenges you.

If you’re nervous because you’ve never tried the class before, don’t fret. We’ll cover a little bit more of how you can shake these nerves later on in the blog.

 

High Energy Environment

Something that we love about classes is the high energy environment that is inevitable each and every class. Whether you’ve tried the class before or it’s something that you’re doing for the first time, you’re never alone in the challenge. Everyone that is in that class had to start somewhere, and they’re only going to support you as you make your way through the workout.

If you’re someone that loves having a group to cheer them on, then these classes are something you definitely need to give a shot!

 

Easy to Modify Workouts

The saying goes:

“If you want something that you’ve never had before, you need to do something that you’ve never done before.” – Thomas Jefferson

This quote applies to so many aspects of health, but when we’re talking about the goals that you have for your fitness and the types of activities that you’d like to try out – you need to get out there! Don’t let the classes intimidate you — we have made it so that each of these classes offer easy to modify opportunities so that each and every individual in that classroom, regardless of their experience, can gain something.

If you’ve never participated before, feel free to schedule a time with one of our trainers or teachers and have them walk you through some of the more common moves, that way you at least have an idea of what you’ll be getting into before the class. Even without the preparation, you absolutely will be able to rock that first class.

If you’re ready to spice up your summer workout, stop by your local gym in Bethlehem and try out one of our classes. Browse the schedule here and stop in to enjoy any of the classes that spike your interest. We look forward to pushing your goals to the next level. Stop by Steel Fitness today!

 

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