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Back to School, Back to Gym!

Whether you're a parent that's counting down the days until your kiddo is back to school, or a student looking to keep in shape when the pressures and stress of school and work feel like they're getting the best of you; the one thing I have noticed is the large majority of us faithful, or maybe not-so-faithful gym members, really start to get back in to our fitness routines when the fun and excitement of summer starts to die down. If you're anything like me, a consistent exercise regimen goes out the window when you're enjoying a summer of fun, vacations, barbecues, and adventures with good people. By the time September rolls around, we're ready to get ourselves back in gear and back in the gym! Seeing as "back to school" season is in full force and we're either preparing to head back to another year of learning and time well spent with friends, or we're preparing to get back to those quiet moments without your kiddos running around your house... possibly even with their underwear on their heads, yelling they're Captain Underpants... Okay, fine, that might just be my child... either way, we will likely be looking for ways to get back that motivation we once had or fall into a new fitness routine or journey. But have no fear! I am here to help! I have found 7 ways to help you get motivated and back in to the gym!

1. Put on your workout clothes!

Feeling extremely unmotivated? Put on your favorite leggings or cut off tee! Take a few moments to mentally prepare, look at yourself in the mirror, and remind yourself that you are confident, you are strong, and no matter how tired you are, you've got this! That's sure to get you in the mood for a killer workout!

2. Eat a healthy meal or snack before your workout

Studies show that eating a well balanced meal boosts your energy (and your confidence!). Before you get on that treadmill or start your lifting routine, take a moment to have a healthy snack to really get that energy pumping! My favorite is peanut butter... on, well, pretty much anything... but mostly on apples. :)

3. Pump yourself up by thinking positive thoughts about why you started exercising in the first place

Maybe you started your journey with a goal to see more fat loss and muscle gain, or maybe your goal is to get leaner, stronger, or bigger. Whatever your reason was, try to remember where you started and where you want to be! Sometimes writing your goals and thoughts down can be a great motivator! This way you can return to those things you wrote down anytime you're feeling like you need that extra push to make it to the gym.

4. Try group fitness classes

Working out solo isn't everyone's cup of tea. If you're finding yourself losing momentum or feeling like you don't have the energy or ambition to finish your workout alone, try joining a group fitness class. Sometimes all you need is a little camaraderie to keep yourself going! Option 1 Fitness Keene has several wonderful classes, full of supporting members and instructors to help you stay motivated! I highly recommend checking out one of our classes!

5. Workout in an energetic and positive environment