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When summer ends, workouts resume

By Katherine Moore

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Summer’s relaxation is coming to an end and school will be starting soon. It’s time to get back into a regular workout routine!

Getting back into a routine does not have to be difficult. A few suggestions:

1. Prepare in advance. Planning ahead makes it more likely that you will follow through with your workout plans. For example, pack your gym bag for the next day.

2. Be consistent. Your body thrives on consistency. Decide on a workout time and put it in your planner. It will soon be an integral part of your day. Establish a regular workout schedule and try to stick to it.

3. Set a goal for yourself regarding the results you want from your workouts such as toned arms, tighter glutes or a weight-loss goal. 

4. Meet a friend at the gym or the park to work out. It helps your accountability when you meet someone for exercising.

5. Write down everything you eat. Recording the foods you eat and the time you eat them allows you to know how many calories you need to burn in order to maintain or lose weight.

6. Track your workouts. Keep a fitness journal or mark it on your calendar. It is rewarding to see that you followed your workout schedule. 

7. Make a new music playlist to motivate you! Nothing helps me more in my workouts than a good playlist. Vary the music to keep it fresh.

8. Start slowly, if necessary, to get back into the workouts. Use lighter weights, take the beginners class the first week or spend a week stretching.

Once you are back into your routine, you will see great results. It is sad to see summer ending, yet all of us thrive when we follow routines in our lives.

See you in workout mode!

– Katherine Moore, 24, is a Greenville native who recently graduated from East Carolina University as a health fitness specialist. She’s a personal trainer and teaches group fitness classes.

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