6 Tips for a Fitter New Year

by: | January 5, 2017

With a new year comes a new list of resolutions. But those lists can be daunting and the resolutions impossible to keep. So why not focus on 1 really important one… your health?

To help you out, we asked League’s health & fitness pros to share with us their tips for keeping fit. Find the top 6 below.

1. Decide why your goal is important to you.

Fitness Coach Matt Mombourquette says: “Like all great goals, we need to start by deciding why achieving them is important to us. It’s important to really dig down and determine what we aspire to achieve.”

So be as specific as possible. For example, “I want to be strong” doesn’t include the reason behind your goal. “I want to be strong so that I can carry the groceries up the stairs without experience shortness of breath” does.

2. Get moving in the morning.

Head Coach at Instinctive Performance, Ryan Couri, tells us: “Move with purpose for 5 minutes every morning. Do this before you officially start your day. This can be as simple as stretching, yoga, or bodyweight exercises—or make it a mini workout. Start slowly, and over time, you can increase the speed and intensity of your movements. The point is to get your blood flowing, release endorphins, and ready your mind for the day.”

Need more ideas to get moving? Watch this short video:

3. Don’t rush to the finish line.

Personal Trainer & Fascial Stretch Therapist Laura Mancuso says: “When beginning to implement an exercise program, it is important to do things in the right order: (1) Mobility, (2) Stability, and finally, (3) Strength. Exercising out of sequence can lead to dysfunction or even injury.

If you’re impatient for your workout to finish, and you skip an important step, you could end up hurting yourself. And a broken bone is one of the fastest ways to break a resolution!

4. Have no fear.

Certified Personal Trainer & Registered Massage Therapist Brandon Connerty challenges us: “Don’t be afraid of going heavier. If 3 sets of 12 reps has become too easy, then progress. Use a higher weight until that weight becomes easy. Stronger, denser muscles burn more calories.”

… always keeping in mind tip #3, of course!

5. Enlist help.

Personal Trainer Specialist Val Kirk tell us: “The most important tip I could give anyone is to hire a personal trainer. These people are professionally qualified individuals who have a background in the fitness field and know exactly how to help anyone reach their fitness goals. Always ask for their credentials, read through client testimonials, and find out how many years they’ve been in their field.”

Can’t afford your very own personal trainer? It just might be covered under your health and wellness benefits.

6. Make it routine.

Back to Matt: “What we are discussing really is creating a new and lasting lifestyle change. This begins with new habits, and habits have to be sustainable over a lifetime. Book it in your calendar and treat it like a job interview or a doctor’s appointment. It won’t be easy, and there will be days when you just want to give up. But let your awesome WHY be your motivator—and then do it anyway.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

Wishing you a happy, healthy 2017!

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