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New Year- New You: Now’s the time!

Every year, thousands of South Africans sit down to draw up New Year’s Resolutions. One of the most common goals of all? Getting in to shape and sticking to a gym routine. With that said, let’s look at some of the ways we can all enjoy our fitness and pledge our time to a routine that works to our benefit.


Favour high intensity sessions

A common excuse for not going is that it takes up too much time. “It’s a two hour commitment,” people will often say. But it doesn’t need to be. By planning your session in advance, you can achieve the results you need in 45 minutes. Plus, a shorter workout also incentivises you to up the intensity. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is a popular fat-burning technique we use at Zone Fitness. Concentrate on intervals of high exertion mediated by periods of rest. Get it right, and you can make massive strides in your lunch break alone.


Bring a friend along

Training with a friend is one of the best ways to stay motivated. Enlist a training partner and stick to a routine, come rain or shine. The knowledge that you’re letting someone down on those days you don’t make it is often the number one reason


Do it for you

At the same time, you can’t rely on anyone else to put in the work on your behalf. Exercise is ultimately a personal decision, so on those days you’re forced to train alone, enjoy the commitment you’re making to yourself. The more you train, the more you’ll notice your energy levels rising. And yes, you’ll wind up looking better than ever too. Don’t let a friend’s unwillingness to hit the gym derail your own efforts.


Keep it fun

Resist the temptation to do the same exercise day in, day out. Often people will arrive at the gym, settle on a machine and declare it their favourite. But variety is the spice of life. Keep your body guessing and you’ll not only see faster gains, you’ll have an immense amount of fun too.


Chart your progress

There’s no better feeling that comparing before and after photos. Keep a photographic record of your body prior to hitting the gym, and then chart your progress every week from that point onwards. The leaner frame staring back at you will spur you on to bigger and better things.

author: Zone Fitness