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As we make our way through fall and begin to anticipate chilly winter days, you may be rethinking your workout routine. If you’re a fan of outdoor running trails and games in the park, you may not exactly be psyched about heading inside to get your workout in. However, if your community has a resident fitness center, there are plenty of ways to take advantage of this budget-friendly convenience while keeping your workouts fun and exciting.
If you’re a cardio buff, you may feel like you don’t know where to begin when it comes to strength training, but that’s no reason to shy away from this important part of moving and working your body. There are tons and tons of excellent resources out there to help educate yourself on how to work different muscle groups. The key is to start slow, using body weight at first to learn new movements before adding weight. On the flip side, if you’re a pro at weight-lifting, you may want to try a new treadmill or elliptical machine that your gym offers. The best way to stay consistent in the gym is to make sure you’re not getting bored, so don’t be afraid to try new things.
Another great way to hold yourself accountable is to set a shared goal with a workout buddy. Within your community, this can be a great way to strengthen a friendship with a neighbor, and since the gym is mere steps from home, you can almost always stick to a goal of getting there a few times a week. Sit down with a neighborhood friend and figure out a realistic and attainable schedule where you both can make it to a sweat-session and cheer each other on when your motivation wanes.
If you’re feeling in need of some phys ed. or know that you get an extra boost from a guided workout, consider signing up for an app or program that breaks down different types of workouts and shows you how to safely and effectively carry out each rep. Apps like SworkIt and Kira Stokes Fit allow you to bring your trainer with you on your phone for cardio, full body, and body part specific workouts with science-backed methods and motivating guides. Simply grab a mat and find a corner of the gym where you can settle in and follow along with an on-screen trainer.
If you’re looking for an apartment community with a fully equipped fitness center, be sure to contact Olympus today.