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05/19/2017
If there was ever a time where the world joined hands in over-indulgence, it’s Christmas. Whether it’s a second helping of Turkey, a third helping of potatoes, or a fourth helping of delicious Christmas dessert; the chances are that you took a small break from your regular eating routine over the seasonal break. Of course, when the new year starts, it’s time to get back on track.

Keep Your Focus This New Year and Stay on Track

If you are feeling exhausted after the holiday break and you are struggling to keep your goals in sight, the sports training experts at Athletic Republic Pittsburgh have some information below to share to help you stay on target and reach your fitness goals this new year.

Think Big and Make a Plan

One of the most common things that any training athlete will change in the new year is their goals. However, this is largely driven by the relaxation from the seasonal period and a little bit of new year laziness.
  • Break your goal into smaller achievable tasks which you can celebrate along the way.
  • Create a fitness calendar which forecasts your achievements and shows you where you should be at certain periods throughout the year.
  • The fitness calendar is also a great place to keep track of your smaller achievements to show you how far you’ve come.
  • Share your plan with your friends, family, or training buddies. Once you have made your plan public, it will be harder for you to back out.

Utilize a Trainer

One of the biggest mistakes that an athlete (at any level) can make is to think that a trainer is out of their scope. However, as you will see below, athletes or all levels can benefit from a personal trainer. Beginners:
  • Personal Trainers can provide targetted suggestions based on your daily activities
  • Create healthier eating plans
  • Educate you about food choices and lifestyle activities
  • Create a simple to follow and appropriate exercise program.
  • Show you how to use the equipment and facilities
  • Make sure you are staying safe while you exercise and aren’t causing yourself injury
  • Keep you motivated along your journey
Those Already Training:
  • Utilize their experience to help you get over a plateau
  • Assist with meal plan creation
  • Monitor your posture to ensure maximum output and safety
  • Train alongside you and provide ongoing motivation.
Personal trainers often get a bad reputation where people are used to seeing trainers scream at their clients in the movies. However, the opposite is true. Trainers are patient people and have your health, safety, and fitness goals in mind. If you would like to speak with a friendly trainer to learn more, call Athletic Republic Pittsburgh at 724-933-4317 and ask about how matching personal training to your sports training in Cranberry Township can help you reach your goals faster and safer.

Adjust - Don't Give Up!

If you have started a new job this year, are taking on a new hobby, or there is just a general change in your lifestyle, it can be tempting to change your goals to fit your new lifestyle. This, however, is a slippery slope towards an unhealthy lifestyle. If you are considering changing your goals, consider these ideas to make up for lost exercise:
  • Swap your workday commute for walking of running
  • Invest in a small set of basic weights at home for in-between workouts
  • Find alternative meals which take less time to prepare and cook
  • Speak with your colleagues about fitting in small workouts during your lunch break.
All of these small ideas and instances of exercise can all add up and help you on your path towards your fitness goals.

Treat Yourself to New Gear

If you weren’t lucky enough to receive any fitness items under the Christmas tree this past season, it might just be time to treat yourself and take advantage of those post-season sales.
  • Start with a fresh pair of running or gym shoes. The chances are that your current ones have seen their fair share of wear, so why not replace them!
  • A new water bottle is a great (and clean) way to start the new year. If you are interested in including technology in your exercise, look for smart water bottles which can alert you to keep drinking and monitor your intake.
  • Skins are great for keeping warm and to reduce friction. However, just like underwear, they are going to wear out. Take advantage of the sales to get yourself a fresh pair of skins.
  • Don’t be afraid to update your general sports clothes to the newest fashions and trends. Just because your current gym attire still works, giving your fitness life a new look can be a great motivator.

Take Your Sports Training in Cranberry Township to the Next Level

If you are working towards a fitness goal and can begin to feel the effects of the new year, don’t let it take over you. Instead, remember that you are the one who is in charge of your fitness, and if you want it bad enough, you will achieve your goals. For help along the way, speak with a trainer at Athletic Republic Pittsburgh by calling 724-933-4317and ask about the sports training programs available. Whether it’s running, weights, aerobics, or even stretching, Athletic Republic Pittsburgh have the expert knowledge and trained staff to help.