The busier we get, the easier it is for fitness commitments to fall through the cracks — even when you have a beautiful, 4,000-square-foot fitness center in your apartment complex. These tips will help you get in and out of the gym as efficiently as possible. And hey, if you end up with a few extra minutes, South Shore’s luxurious sports lounge is the perfect place to relax.
1. Pack a Bag
Gyms don’t come any more convenient than having the South Shore fitness center right next door — but even then, fumbling for a change of clothes, your gym shoes, or a stick of deodorant can eat up valuable time. If you keep a gym bag always stocked with clean workout clothes, socks, shoes, a few quick snacks (energy bars work well) and a bottle of water, you can grab and go at a minute’s notice.
2. Have a Plan
The whole point of a gym is packing as many fitness options as possible into a limited space. It’s easy to get distracted by all those options if you step into that space without a plan, so take a few minutes to map out your workout strategy — start with a warm-up, then mix in your choice of higher-intensity workout, and wrap it all up with a cool-down — before you even step in the door. Better yet, map out your workouts a month at a time: You’ll see better results.
3. Make It Fun
The more fun your workouts are, the easier it’ll be to make that short walk to the fitness center. Here are just a few ideas for jazzing up your sweat time:
- Recruit a workout buddy. Sure, misery loves company — but so does fun. You can spot each other in the weight room, crack bad jokes and, most importantly, motivate each other to actually show up and sweat.
- Make a workout playlist — great tunes have been scientifically proven to make exercise feel easier.
- Switch it up. With 4,000 square feet of fitness center and workout equipment to choose from, there’s no reason for your gym time to be boring. Try switching to a different cardio machine, using free weights instead of the weight machine, or alternating long, steady-state workouts with high-intensity intervals.
- Check out the group cycling and yoga classes offered at South Shore fitness center — there’s something for everybody!
4. Choose a Goal
Nothing motivates like having a concrete, measurable and attainable goal that you’re genuinely excited about. So choose something that’s just challenging enough to be fun — it could be finishing your first 5K, hiking up a nearby mountain, or cycling from one town to the next — and map out a series of concrete steps you can take to meet that goal.