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10 top tips to maximise your gym time

May 17, 2012
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With summer just around the corner, it's time to start thinking about getting ready for the beach. So it's around now when lots of us enrol at a nearby gym. But gyms are quick to point out that after the increase in members, the initial euphoria starts to wane as the initial burst of energy burns out.

Many gym-goers then abandon their verve either for a lack of motivation, laziness or even for want of seeing their objectives materialise.

To avoid dropping the gym, here are a series of tips which can help you make the most of your time there. 1. Perseverance - your best ally We know you've heard this before and that it might sound repetitive, but the truth is that perseverance is essential. Stay true to your exercise routine, or you won’t see any results. And that is why it isn’t a bad idea to keep a record of your visits to the gymnasium, attaching the same importance to them as a business meeting or a date with a friend. 2. Don’t make excuses Organise your time so that you put aside at least three hours per week for the gym. Try to be disciplined and consistent. 3. Best in company Forming a group to carry out any form of physical exercise is gratifying and moreover boosts motivation. Meeting up at the gym rather than at the café is a way of encouraging each other and staying loyal to the programme or activity. 4. Put yourself in an expert's hands. Once the gym has been chosen, why not leave it all to a personal trainer? When you're sure of what your objectives are – like losing weight, gaining body mass and improving your physical condition, the trainer will be the one to offer you the most suitable routine for your specific needs. Yes, this can be quite expensive, but you could always make it a birthday present to yourself?

5. Get a locker at the gym  This can be a huge benefit. It provides a place to stash your things so that you don't have to carry them to and from work, and is a place to keep gym-only necessities. 6. Trust If you have been given some exercises to do, try doing them without going over the top, but don’t fall short of the goals either. If something doesn’t seem to be working out and you deem it fit to make changes, don’t make a one-sided decision. Trust the trainer's expertise, or at least consult him or her before changing your routine. 7. Variety Mix things up. Don’t just concentrate on group activities such as aerobics or zumba that might seem more fun. Combine these with physical exercises to strengthen your muscles and thereby avoid looking flaccid. 8. Give it time Don’t obsess about losing weight. It is crucial not to forget that long-lasting results are achieved little by little. 9. Above all... Don’t make the mistake of turning physical exercise into an obligation; make it a passion instead. Physical exercise is overwhelmingly healthy as it will not only help you obtain your ideal weight but also make you feel a lot better. 10. And Remember that... It is always important to keep a bottle of water and a towel close at hand. Stretch towards a better posture10 top fitness tips to help you spring into shape

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