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Everyone has started out on an exercise program full of excitement and determination, only to find the excitement start to fade after a few days. What started as something you were sure was going to change your life, has began to make your life a nightmare, trying to keep the enthusiasm at a high enough level to continue exercising. In order to stick to an exercise program, and make it work for you, you need to find a way to keep that original motivation. Here are some tips to help get you motivated, and encourage you to stay that way.
Find A Role Model – Who has that “perfect” body that you would love to have? Who sticks to a fitness plan, and shows that dedication in the way they live their lives? Many women tape up pictures of someone they aspire to be like, such as a model or actress. This is a great way to keep your goals fresh in your mind, and to remind you what you’re striving towards. Make sure that you choose someone deserving of your admiration – not someone who has unhealthy eating or exercise habits, or who has an impossible to achieve image.
Set Small Goals – If you have set the bar too high by setting goals that are too tough to reach, you’re setting yourself up to be disappointed. If you don’t achieve the goals you have set, you will become discouraged. Just set smaller, easy to achieve goals and work your way towards the bigger goals. Start with something simple like, “I will work out three times this week.” Once you have established a routine, start working out harder, and try doing more each session.
Reward Yourself – Setting goals is a great way to get yourself going in an exercise program, but if you have a hard time keeping yourself going, don’t be afraid to offer yourself rewards for any small achievements. You don’t need to go overboard – just small rewards for reaching small goals. Take yourself out to a movie you’ve been wanting to see if you achieve your goal of working out three times in the week. Just remember that if you’re working out to lose weight, don’t reward yourself with food!
Get A Buddy – Having someone to work out with makes it much more fun, and will keep you more motivated to exercise. You might even find that you’re actually looking forward to it! Not only that, but having a buddy makes it much harder for you to skip your workout, because they will be there to hold you accountable. Let them encourage you and motivate you when you don’t feel like exercising, and do the same for them. If you can’t find a buddy to work out with, hire a personal trainer to give you that extra push.
Make It Fun – Exercise doesn’t have to be boring or repetitive. If you don’t like your exercise routine, change it and make it more exciting. Keep trying new exercises until you find something you enjoy doing. If your exercise routine is fun, you will end up looking forward to exercise, instead of dreading it. Get the advice or invest in the services of a fitness professional if necessary.
Mix It Up – Anything you do over and over every day is going to get boring, no matter how motivated you are to succeed. Find several different exercises you enjoy, and alternate. Try swimming on Monday, dance class on Wednesday and a Pilates tape at home on Saturday. Whenever you find yourself getting bored with a workout, replace it with something else you enjoy, and go back to it again when you’re ready.
Don’t Take It Too Seriously – If you start treating exercise like hard work, that’s exactly what it will become. Make your exercises light, fun and exciting rather than looking at it as a chore you have to do. Don’t let yourself get a bad attitude towards exercising, or you will be more likely to give up.
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BUSINESS OF THE MONTH: BetaBfit
Kanabec County Times,
March 3, 2016
Written by Scott McKinney
Toni Fulton, CPT, is a Master Fitness Trainer and the owner of BetaBFit Personal Training and Consulting, with locations in Mora and Princeton. The business’s purpose is summed up in its name: “Betta Be Fit!”
“My tagline is ‘Practical Fitness for our Unpractical Lives’ Toni said. “I help my clients build healthy lifestyles, with a personal and personalized approach. I find out what they do in their days, the things they love to do, and what they’ll use their new-found fitness for. I want them to be fit enough to do those things, now and in the future. Everybody walks a different path; I just take what they do, and help them build fitness into it.”
“I’m hearing from people that are not aware of what a fitness trainer does. I work with regular people who want to have practical fitness in their unpractical lives. That’s my biggest challenge as a trainer. I’m not trying to get people to be fit like me … I want them to be fit like them.”
Toni’s background in training and sales/marketing are put to good use with BetaBFit. “I first went to school for marketing and sales, planning to climb the corporate ladder. But a corporate job was not me; I’m way more hands-on. I’ve always enjoyed staying fit so took a job managing a Nordic Track kiosk in Duluth, and I got really good at it. I found I was giving away fitness advice, and already was helping a lot of people, so I got my Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) personal training certification.”
“I started offering in-home training, then club training, while working other jobs. I did that for many years; but after getting laid off from a management job in St. Cloud, I decided to go full-time and haven’t looked back. I then decided to expand my classes, so I got certified in Zumba, Zumba Gold, Zumba and several certifications in Silver Sneakers. Recently and have been approved to offer Silver and Fit discounts for classes and personal training.”
Toni’s next steps were to find locations in which to see clients.
“My husband runs Rum River Promotions in Princeton. There was a space open in his building, and in June 2014 we made a deal to use it as a training center. Some of my clients made the drive over to Princeton, and that’s how things got started.”
“I continued seeing clients in Mora, and I’m on the Mora Area Chamber of Commerce, so I started looking for another location. A client told me that the owners of Evolution Tae Kwan Do Center uses their space in the evenings only, so we met in August 2015 and they were quite receptive to sharing space during the daytime. My clients were very happy to move with me into a more private location. Because of this I’ve been able to expand my client base and offer youth training, group training, nutrition coaching classes, and more.”
Toni says that what sets BetaBFit apart from other training options are her results and her experience. “We’re a private training location, unique in the area. And my expertise as a master trainer is second to none; that comes with experience. I show people that what they’ve done before isn’t working, and how we can come together and work out a better plan. We’re a team; we’re in this together. My success depends on their success. I work with each client, building them a unique plan for fitness and nutrition, and then hold them accountable during our one-on-one sessions.”
“It’s all about having somebody in your corner. I find out what a client’s needs are, and go from there. We do a little bit more today than we did last week. On their own, clients may not see that what they’re doing is making a difference:’
BetaBFit offers flexible training sessions for people who may not have a lot of time. “Most people who come to me are at the point where they’re not listening to excuses from themselves anymore. Toni said. “They’re ready to put this in somebody else’s hands. I can show them how they have the time in their days to achieve practical fitness.”
BetaBFit Personal Training and Consulting is located at 519 First Street in Princeton, and at 42 North Union Street in downtown Mora. Call Toni Fulton at 612-390-0765, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.Visit her website, betabfit.com, and find her on Facebook/Betabfit.