Getting into shape isn't just about creating an ideal aesthetic. You'll notice significant differences in your physical and mental wellbeing too. With years of experience in helping people throughout Wilmington and the surrounding areas, we often see where people succeed and where they fail. With tips from your Strive Fitness & Massachusetts-based personal trainers, we can help you achieve your fitness goals.
Seek advice from a professional
Although it's possible to find a fitness regime that will work for most people, there isn't one that works for all. At Strive Fitness, we believe that having a personalized plan is your fastest route to fitness success. And please don't find a "personalized plan" from an Instagram influencer.
If you allow us to help, we'll create a plan that whips your body into shape. Part of that process includes staying on track, adjusting and evolving your plan over time as you progress.
Exercise almost every day
Officially, the minimum exercise you need to do each day is 30 minutes. And that's just five times per week. But if you want to see real results, you should exercise for an hour a day, most days. This is the exact reason why we only have 30 minute personal training sessions. I don't know about you but I know I can have a great workout in 30 minutes, because I know I'll be out of the gym in 30 minutes!!
Exercising for an hour a day doesn't need to involve engaging in heavy cardio. We recommend combining personalized exercise plans with fitness activities you love. If you stick with what you love (or maybe hate less), you're more likely to stick to your plan and meet your fitness goals.
Set your limits
Although exercise is essential for reaching your fitness goals, we believe in the power of recovery too. Having recovery days is essential for making sure you don't push your body too hard. It gives your muscles the chance to knit back together and build the strength you're looking for. These are the days are critical for the normal gym goer.
You may also want to ask us about active recovery. Active recovery involves following a period of tough exercise with something a little gentler. Some of our fitness experts believe it's an essential way to prevent Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS). By preventing DOMS, you make it easier to stick to your fitness routine.
Eat your way to success
Eating and exercise go hand in hand. Fueling your body with the wrong foods can prevent you from reaching your weight loss and fitness goals. It can also have a negative impact on your energy levels, which then increases the likelihood of you not engaging as much as you should. It's a vicious circle and I'm fairly confident we've ALL experiencesd it.
At Strive Fitness, we recommend eating a personalized meal plan to increase your chances of fitness success. If you're not ready to start a personalized plan, make sure you prioritize protein during your recovery periods. You may also want to try supplementing specific nutrients, especially if you want to boost the effects of your workout before it starts. But PLEASE consult your physican before taking any supplements.
Get a good night's sleep
Never underestimate the power of sleep when it comes to maintaining a fitness routine. The hours you spend sleeping are the periods where your body engages in the most important self-repair work. Getting adequate sleep also ensures you have enough energy to stay motivated for your workout. It also reduces the chances of you eating too much and offsetting your efforts.
We recommend getting between six and eight hours of sleep each night. If you're exercising after work and you feel tired, consider having a brief 20-minute nap before starting. Getting a little sleep ahead of your workout will prevent you from making form-based mistakes that harm your physique. Avoid having a nap for too long, though, as you may ruin your chances of sleeping well later that night.
Striving for fitness success is about much more than hitting a treadmill. With sustained efforts, you'll soon start to see results. If you want to create a personalized plan, call 978 267 4105.