7 Tips for Starting a New Workout Routine

So you’ve decided you want to start exercising. First off, congratulations! You’ve made the decision to enrich your life and improve your health. To help you get started on the right foot, we’ve put together this list of seven tips to keep in mind when you start a new workout routine. At Ellis Athletic Club in Newtown Square, we’re passionate about giving people the tools, knowledge, and motivation they need to reach their fitness goals. Ready to get started? Well, let’s go then!

 

-Start off slow

When you’re first starting a new fitness regimen, it’s important to take it easy at first. Even if you were an athlete in high school or college, if you haven’t kept up with working out, you’re not going to be at the same fitness level you once were. While it is an admirable goal to want to bench what you did when you were 17, that’s not where you should start. Work up to your goal slowly. When we get older, there are a variety of factors that cause our body to lose strength and stamina, so it’s something you have to account for. If you ignore this, you’re putting yourself at greater risk of getting injured.

-Understand your limits

As you get started, you’ll start to learn what your limits are. The human body is exceptionally adaptable. You will get more out of a workout that challenges those limits, but it’s important you don’t push it too far. If you put yourself through a punishing regimen, you’re more likely to get hurt. What happens when you get hurt? You can’t exercise, which means you can’t make progress. This is what makes working with a professional trainer — either individually or in a class — so valuable. A trainer is able to guide you up to the edge of your limits, but help you reign it in when you need to. It’s good to find a middle ground in how intense your workout is. Are you able to read a book or make a phone call while you exercise? You might need to bump it up. Are you feeling aches and pains over a week after you last hit the gym? That’s a sign you should slow down.

-It’s not just about exercise

Something that can’t be understated when discussing fitness is that exercise isn’t the only factor to consider. In order to get the most out of your new exercise regimen, you have to take a three-pronged approach. The first of these prongs is, naturally, working out. The next, and maybe most important, is your nutrition. You have to give your body the right fuel in order for your hard work to actually take hold. Finally, the prong which is too often overlooked is getting enough sleep. Your body needs enough time to repair itself, rebuild, and burn fat. This requires ample rest. That burning sensation you get after a workout? That is caused by microscopic damage being done to your muscles as you use them in a way they aren’t used to. Sleep and rest help your body recover and repair that damage to make your muscles stronger.

-Practice proper form

The number one cause of exercise-related injuries is when an exercise is done with the incorrect form. In fact, doing an exercise with the wrong form is worse for you than not doing that exercise at all. This is another area where a professional trainer can be invaluable, as they’ll guide and spot you as you work out, giving you pointers for how to maintain your form and avoid getting hurt. When you exercise with improper form, you’ll put a strain on parts of your body you’re not intending to work, while not getting the results you’re actually hoping for. Not only does this lead you to get hurt, but it also puts your goals further away than when you started.

-Using a sauna can help with recovery

As we touched on earlier, rest and recovery is a vital part of any workout routine. You should always be doing cooldown exercises before you finish for the day. One way to recover that many people swear by is using a sauna or steam room. Through the use of heat therapy, your body is able to increase its production of growth hormones, which are valuable to the process of muscle repair, as well as speed up the metabolization of fat. This will help you recover from injuries while lowering your body’s oxidation levels. Heat can even detoxify your body.

-Nutrition helps with soreness

Many people who love to work out feel great when they’re sore after a day at the gym. It’s a sign that they worked hard. However, that muscle soreness (also referred to as delayed onset muscle soreness, or DOMS) shouldn’t hang around too long. You can help get rid of that soreness with the right diet. When you drink enough water, you are hydrated enough to give your muscles greater elasticity, which means they’ll be strained less when you exercise. If you’re on a weight loss program, eating a high-protein diet will help a great deal as well.

-It’s a marathon, not a sprint

Maybe the most important piece of advice we can provide is this little tip about your mindset. Fitness is not a quick process. There aren’t any get-ripped-quick schemes. It’s a process, and one that you have to understand takes time. While you might not see results right away, it’s vital you don’t get discouraged. Patience is a virtue, as they say, and that’s certainly true when it comes to working out. Give it time, keep moving forward, and you’ll get there.

Beginning your journey to a healthier you is one of the best decisions you could ever make, but it’s going to take work to make it happen. The good news is that you don’t have to do it alone. Here in Newtown Square, you have Ellis Athletic Club to help you along the way. Whether you sign up for one of our many classes or you want to spend some quality one-on-one time with a personal trainer, we’ll help you set goals, learn proper form, and get motivated to put in the work. Call us today to learn how to get started!

Ellis Athletic Center Presents Our Kids Summer Camp!

If you’re looking for a low-commitment summer activity for your children, our Kids Summer Camp at Ellis Athletic Center might be the perfect fit.

For children ages four through 10, the Kids Summer Camp at our gym in Newtown Square gives children a chance to play sports, complete obstacle courses, play outdoor games, and much more! There’s no better way to keep your children healthy and busy this summer than our active summer camp.

Kids Summer Camp Details

We know that summertime gets busy between planned family vacations, sleepaway camps, and sports leagues. For this reason, our gym in Newtown Square offers a lot of flexibility when it comes to registration and participation.

  • Children ages four to 10
  • 9 a.m – 12 p.m, Monday through Friday
    • Lunch Bunch option from 12 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. with meals from the Luigi & Giovanni cafe (cost: $15/day)
  • Session dates:
    • July 23 – 27
    • August 20 – 24
    • August 27 – 31
  • Note: You can register per day or for the whole week
  • Cost: $30/day

If you want to register your child for our Kids Summer Camp, find the registration form here! For additional information, feel free to contact Liz at echiliberti@factsfitness.com.

Reasons To Sign Your Child Up For Our Kids Summer Camp

There are myriad benefits when it comes to promoting an active lifestyle from a young age. However, registering your child for the Ellis Athletic Center camp isn’t just about them — it’s also about you

Having a Gym With Childcare Gives You Time For You

When you drop your child off at 9 a.m. for their fun-filled day, you get three hours to yourself. Since you’re already at the gym, you can get in whatever workout you want without needing to rush back to pick your children up from child care. Plus, since the camp extends for three hours (with the option of an additional 45-minute lunch), you also have time to actually relax at the gym.

When’s the last time you were able to take a long shower after your workout, taking advantage of our laundry service and locker room amenities? Have you ever had time to just sit down and grab a refreshing smoothie from our Juice Bar? When your kid is having a blast and making new friends on the basketball court, you can relax at the gym.

Or, since our local gym is conveniently located in the middle of the Ellis Preserve, you can run around town and do some errands while the kids are busy.

Whatever you choose to do with these three hours, they’re yours!

Our Summer Camp Is Flexible

Registration for the Kids Summer Camp was designed to make your life as a parent easier. You don’t need to worry about whether you’re around for the whole week, whether you need to pick your kid up early on Wednesday for an appointment, or whether you want to make a game-time decision about camp. You can register on a daily basis or for the week(s), so there’s nothing too binding about the camp.

If you have a child who tends to be shy or to get separation anxiety, a three-hour camp is also the perfect amount of time. You can see how they do on the first day without worrying about paying in advance for a week they might not even want to attend. (That’s usually not a problem, though, as our trained counselors are well-versed in supporting all types of children and keeping the kids very engaged!).

The Kids Summer Camp Is A Blast

Our summer camp itinerary isn’t just a quick game of basketball or tag outside. We create an enriching and active environment where kids of all abilities can come together and play. Your child will participate in sports activities, including learning the fundamentals of a few different sports, crafts, obstacle courses, outdoor games, peer-to-peer relationship building, and much more! Each camp is supervised by licensed and trained professionals, so your children are in good hands.

If you want details on our specific activities, be sure to give us a call today at Ellis Athletic Center.

About Our Gym With Child Care

There are distinct benefits to joining a gym with childcare, including the ones that we covered in this blog. In terms of conquering summertime boredom and inertia, there’s no better time to join a gym with child care than now.

In addition to our Kids Summer Camp, we also host birthday parties, open play days, Ellis Kids Classes, and have a Play Care center. Whether you’re looking for something to do with your children or want a chance to prioritize your own self-care, Ellis Athletic Center is the local gym for you.

Stop by our gym for a tour, or learn more about our Kids Summer Camp today!

Ways That Your Workout is Helping You at Work

The time and energy that you put into the gym don’t stay in the gym. No, the advancements and growth that’s happening during your workout is something that you’re carrying with you in your day to day life, including the workplace. Ellis Athletic Center in Newtown Square offers corporate wellness programs for organizations to take advantage of so that their employees can reap the long-term benefits. Today’s blog is going to visit just a few of the ways that your workouts are benefiting your work days.

 

Reduce Stress

For many of us, the first thing that we think about when we hear the word “work” is stress. With a work week averaging at 40 hours, if not more, it goes without saying that the stress built up during the day is hardly left in the office. When stress builds up, it not only hurts you mentally and emotionally, but it can take a physical toll on your body as well.

From heart health to weight gain, stress can be extremely damaging to the body. One of the best ways to manage stress without completely walking away from your job is incorporating a workout that allows you to release that pent up stress and frustration in the form of an exercise.

Whether it’s a midday workout or it’s a class that’s happening after the work day, having something available to release stress with is going to be something that all workers will benefit from.

 

Boost of Confidence

It’s challenging to imagine a position in the working world that couldn’t benefit from a little boost of confidence. It doesn’t matter if you’re working in the corporate world or working as a temp — an increase of confidence translates into every move you make. As an employer, this is something that you want to see in your employees because it means that you’re getting the absolute best that these individuals could produce.

As an employee, it means that your job becomes less stressful due to a boost of confidence in your abilities. It says that you are taking charge of more than just your body and your health; you’re taking charge of your life.

Again, it doesn’t matter whether this is a workout happening in the middle of the day to keep your juices pumping, or if this is something that you’re doing on your own time — a workout is a workout, and it helps enhance confidence levels.

 

Laser Sharp Focus

While the work days have been 8 to 10 hours long for as long as many of us can remember, this is still a good portion of your day that is being dedicated to working, and that can be taxing. After a couple of hours of sitting at a computer or talking on the phone, it’s easy for any employee to become complacent or lose focus on what the daily objectives are.

Taking breaks is something that many successful individuals suggest doing. If not to run and grab a meal or get a cup of a coffee, at least step away and clear your mind so that you can come back to the task with laser-sharp focus. This is the best way to avoid exhaustion throughout the work day so that you continue to do the best work possible.

 

Get Creative Juices Flowing

Stepping away from your task can help increase your focus, but it can also help get your creative juices flowing. If you’re having a hard time finding a solution, putting the finishing touches on a project, being productive or something along those lines, you’ve likely hit a mental block.

If you’ve ever hit one of these walls, you know how frustrating it can be and how easy it is to sell yourself into the day becoming a complete wash. Rather than let this mentality win, head to one of the corporate wellness classes and get your body moving! It is crazy how much the slightest break can change your mental state for the rest of your day. Give your brain a break from the task at hand, get a good workout in, and come back to the job with an entirely new mindset.

 

Get Your Body in the Groove

Routine is something that your body truly appreciates. It can be hard to maintain a routine when we all know that life gets crazy. Even on the most insane of days, finding the time to give your body what it needs and follow a routine will help you in so many ways.

How many days have you woken up tired and dreading that 8 hour work day ahead of you? (Hint: We’ve all been there!) These mornings are usually the fault of a restless night spent tossing and turning while stressed from work or trying to organize your schedule for the next day.

When you get your body into a routine that includes a challenging workout during the day, you’re pushing your body and your mind which prepares you for a smoother work day and a better night of sleep at the end of that long day. Aside from that, the routine schedule will help you stay on track with your meals which will also keep your mind sharp throughout the workday.

In the case that you’re able to improve your health and your work environment, why wouldn’t you take advantage of the opportunity?

 

At the Very Least, Try a Corporate Wellness Class

The benefits that working out has on your workday are more than just the few that we’ve listed above. If you are an employer and you’re wondering if the investment is worth it, it is! If you’re an employee and you’re wondering whether or not those workout classes are the real deal, they are! Start incorporating the corporate fitness classes offered by Ellis Athletic Center today!

Questions to Ask Your Personal Trainer

Personal trainers are hired to help their clients reach fitness goals, which might entail anything from losing weight to training for a marathon. Because it is their job to get to know clients and their fitness goals, personal trainers ask a lot of good questions: what is your exercise history? What are your fitness goals? What about your diet? What type of workouts do you enjoy doing the most?

As a client, though, you should absolutely do a role-reversal and ask your personal trainers questions as well. Not only is this a great way to get to know your fitness coach, but also to see if they are the right fit for your exercise needs and personal training goals.

Ellis Athletic Center has an excellent personal training staff, and we have compiled the questions we love to hear from our personal training clients.

Where did you get certified in personal training?

Asking this question is like asking a potential new employee where they received their undergraduate degree — it both establishes legitimacy and tells you something about where this person is from and what their academic interests might be.

It’s the same with personal training. You should look for fitness training coaches with NSCA, NASM, or ACSM certifications, as those are highly-respected programs in the fitness world. When you ask your trainer this question, you not only learn that they are highly qualified, but you can also hear more about their passion for fitness.

What should I do on my own at the gym?

Your personal trainer will have a comprehensive plan for your fitness goals, so they will know what exercises you should focus on outside of personal training sessions. They might recommend more of a focus on core strength and give you the best exercises for abdominal work. They could also suggest that you attend group exercise classes, such as yoga, to improve your flexibility and endurance. No matter what they suggest, you can guarantee that it will be tailored to your specific fitness needs and preferences.

What does it mean if I feel X when I do Y?

While your personal trainer is a fitness guru, this doesn’t mean they know exactly what is occurring in your body. Your form might look perfect, but you might feel shooting pain in your knee. Similarly, if you feel frustrated doing a certain activity or bored with another exercise, give this feedback to your trainer! They can either tailor your personal training routine so that it keeps you more engaged and, most importantly, safer.

Ellis Athletic Center in Newtown Square has a dedicated personal training team here to support you with your fitness goals. We enjoy getting to know our clients, and we look forward to helping you get stronger and healthier. With both 30 and 60-minute fitness training sessions options, a weight loss program, and group training, Ellis Athletic Center can support you.

If you want to work with a personal trainer, contact Ellis Athletic Center today for a complimentary session!

Reasons to Join a Gym with Child Care

It seems obvious that you should join a gym with child care for, well, the child care! Of course having a safe, active, and close-by environment for your child to play while you exercise is the primary advantage of attending a gym with child care, but there are other benefits that you might not have considered. After all, why even bother finding a gym with child care if you could just rely on your babysitter or other child care provider and get the same solo workout? Take into account these benefits you might not have thought of as you consider a gym with child care for your family.

As a gym with child care services in the Newtown Square community, Ellis Athletic Center has seen the other benefits that this service provides, for both parents and children alike. In addition to being able to work out on your own and not have to worry about your children, here are the other benefits of attending a gym with child care.

Playdates and Family Friends

While we specialize in fitness at Ellis Athletic Center, we also have a knack for introducing families and helping children to make friends. When you join a gym with child care, you also join a gym of families who have children the same age as your own! This means that your kid can make friends and you can also find a community of parents with young children in Newtown Square. We have children who become friends in child care and then start to attend the same mini-sports camps at Ellis Athletic Center. Seeing familiar faces and having friends in the same activities can really encourage your children to remain active and healthy, even into their adult lives.

Friendly Staff Members and Clients

At some gyms more geared toward adult fitness, you can get stiffer clients and staff members. Chances are, though, that gyms with child care also tend to have friendlier and more helpful staff and clients. At Ellis Athletic Center, we hire staff members specifically for our child care center who show friendliness, kindness, patience, and, of course, commitment to your child’s safety above all else. Kids brighten up a gym space as well, making certain spaces more light-hearted and less intense. If you want a gym with an overall friendly and energetic atmosphere, definitely consider joining a gym with child care.

Loaded Event Calendars

We have found that families are way more likely to attend community events than younger, single individuals. This is because families are always looking for affordable activities that are also appropriate for all ages. When you attend a gym with child care, you also attend a gym that considers its families to be valuable members. As such, these fitness centers provide more family-centered events such as sports camps, family fitness days, and family-oriented facilities such as changing rooms and child-proof spaces.

Check out our event calendar to see the family-friendly events occurring each week at Ellis Athletic Center. We have recurring events such as Mommy and Me Yoga classes and Kids Sports camps, and we also have special events such as our Community Wellness Weekend.

Safer Facilities

When you take on the responsibility of having a child care center at your gym, you commit to safe facilities and procedures for the entire fitness center. Whether this means having a lifeguard on duty at all times, extra staff members available in case of emergency, or always-updated workout equipment, attending a gym with child care really contributes to overall safety. Additionally, certain machines and areas of the gym are only accessible to adults or children of a certain age with supervision, so you do not need to worry about children running around without proper supervision. Ellis Athletic Center prioritizes the safety of all of its clients, and this is especially the case when we welcome the youngest community members into our gym.

Ellis Athletic Center

Ellis Athletic Center isn’t just a gym with a child care center. Rather, we truly pride ourselves as being a family-friendly gym atmosphere that has opportunity for people of all ages. Join today and become a member of an amazing fitness community in Newtown Square that welcomes all members of the family.

Corporate Wellness: Employee Participation

In other Ellis Athletic Center blog posts, we have covered the benefits of corporate wellness for the company as well as the benefits for the employees. All around, corporate wellness is a wonderful program to enact because it promotes productivity, employee well-being, and access to quality fitness at a more affordable rate. You would think that these benefits alone would encourage employees to participate in corporate fitness programs, but this is not always the case.

We have compiled the strategies that we have seen most effectively encourage participation in corporate wellness programs. After all, your company provides corporate fitness as a benefit for your employees, and you need employee participation to make it work!

Create a Light-Hearted Competition

In general, there is no better way to encourage participation than making it into a good-natured competition. Humans are extrinsically motivated, which means that they are more likely to participate when there is something to “win.” Consider a company-wide competition where the employee who checks in most frequently at your chosen fitness partner wins a gift card. Beyond sheer frequency, you could also have prizes for those who take pictures wearing company merchandise at the fitness center. Also consider rewarding participants with gift cards to practical places, like the juice bar at the fitness center. This way, you also encourage them to make this particular gym a part of their routine.

Start a Wellness Committee

If your company doesn’t have a wellness committee already, consider delegating the role of starting one to an employee who cares about fitness and can motivate others to participate in the employee wellness program. When other employees see emails about a wellness committee, posters they create, and meetings they schedule, the wellness committee gains a visible presence in your office space. Even if people had already written off the corporate wellness program, this now revitalizes the effort and makes health and wellness a more noticeable part of your office. When teammates of wellness committee members hear about the happenings and even consider joining for themselves, then it can really become a positive force in your office culture.

Partner with a Local Gym

Rather than partnering with some generic gym chain, it really goes a long way to partner with a local gym. Your employees will support local business, and chances are they’ll have a convenient drive to the fitness center. It is even better to partner with a gym that has different facilities so that you can meet the needs of your diverse employee population. Local gyms with athletic facilities, group fitness classes, gym for kids activities, and childcare options provide options for everyone, and thus make corporate fitness programs more attractive.

Additionally, local gyms tend to offer special events, camps for kids, and community activities more than corporate gyms. These activities provide an opportunity for your company and employees to get involved in community events, which is always good for public reputation and morale.

Communicate with your Employees

Often, employees do not participate in corporate wellness programs because they do not know the details — sometimes, they don’t even know the program exists! You can’t rely on current employees or even wellness committee members to unofficially disseminate the message to new or non-participating employees. Instead, consider adding a brief overview of your corporate wellness program into your new-hire on-boarding process. Make sure the fitness center and monthly rates are clear, and be sure to show your employee how much money they save by joining a corporate wellness program.

Lead By Example

Do you or managers at your company participate in your corporate wellness program? Chances are, if the corporate wellness program you chose doesn’t satisfy your fitness needs, then it won’t be worth it to your employees either. Partner with a local gym where you will actually work out, and make sure to share your fitness schedule with your employees so they can see that you practice what you preach when it comes to corporate fitness; any maybe schedule a workout at a different time of day to avoid sweating next to the CEO.

Corporate Fitness at Ellis Athletic Center

Ellis Athletic Center in Newtown Square offers corporate fitness memberships because we know how these programs can help the entire community. When employees are happier and more productive, our local businesses are more productive and profitable. Contact us today to learn more about corporate wellness programs for your company.

Corporate Wellness: Benefits For The Company

Short and sweet: healthier employees mean a happier workplace, higher productivity rate, and more money on your bottom line. Now let’s dig into these details about how a corporate wellness program can put this into action.

1) Get Healthy Employees

While you can’t necessarily snap your fingers and all of a sudden have an entire workforce of fully healthy people, you can put the opportunities in place that make it easy for your employees to get healthy and stay healthy.

This may mean signing your team up for a corporate wellness program at Ellis Athletic Center. We offer discounts on memberships to make it more affordable to go to the gym. Our facility also has child care to make it easy for employees who have children to still exercise regularly.

Health doesn’t just revolve around exercise and visits to the gym. It also means eating the right foods to supply the body with the best nutrients. The corporate fitness program at Ellis includes continual education about nutrition, diet, and fitness, so that employees are never left in the dark about how to live a healthy life.

Most important for the company owners or health advocates within the business is this: foster a healthy environment in the office. Encourage those who are active and who eat well. Provide ample opportunities for both mental and physical breaks. Consider team building activities that get people moving, such as a summer softball league.

Fitness, nutrition, and a health-focused culture are three keys to getting healthy employees on your staff. Now let’s see how this can positively impact your business.

2) Create A Highly Productive Culture

Gym veterans are usually the type of people to set goals and achieve them. In the gym, it means pushing yourself to be better than the last workout.

This same mentality can be easily replicated in the workplace. The gym is a place people go to exert physical energy, so make the workplace somewhere to exercise mental energy. From the top, encourage people to bring their A game every day, to stay positive when things get tough, and to always produce better quality work every day. Set goals. Create pathways to meet them. Encourage teammates along the way. These are just a few things you can do to create a connection between a corporate wellness program in the gym and the same attitude of productivity in the workplace.

3) Demand Success

Success can be defined in a variety of ways. In the gym, it’s usually considered a success when goals are met. And as these goals are achieved, new ones at higher levels are set. It’s not always about lifting the most weight or running the longest distance. It can be getting to the gym a certain number of days each week, eating breakfast every day, and so much more.

Likewise, a business can demand success of its employees by clearly creating benchmarks and goals, and then rewarding the employees who meet and surpass them as they arise. Each individual should have personal goals that help contribute to the overall company goal.

Altogether, a business who focuses on physical and mental wellness will soar past their competition who leaves it out of focus. A physically and mentally fit company will achieve higher goals, which ultimately boils down to a higher profit for the company as a whole.

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Corporate Wellness: Benefits For The Employees

Corporate wellness is great for both companies and the people who work there. The benefits are numerous for the employees and the businesses where they work. Altogether, coworkers who workout together are likely to work together better in the workplace too.

Do you want a discount on your gym membership? Through a corporate wellness program, Ellis Athletic Center offers employees reduced rates on memberships. Your company just needs to sign up as one of our corporate partners, and this discount is all yours.

But a discounted membership to our fitness center isn’t all members enjoy when they are part of a corporate wellness program. Continue reading to learn more about the team building activities and continual education available as part of these community-building programs.

More Benefits Than Traditional Membership

Ellis Athletic Center understands the relationship between healthy employees and a more productive workspace. Through a traditional membership, team building, and continual education, you can rise up above your coworkers — or push each other to new levels together — and further your careers.

Team Building

Throughout the year, we offer various events that help employees come together through fitness. Join together to compete against other businesses in the area during a summer softball league. You can also participate in specific team building events, such as the Staff Scramble we hosted this summer, that teaches you how to better get along with your coworkers while you also spend time outside exercising.

Nutrition and Fitness Education

Members can take advantage of nutrition and fitness education opportunities from our specialists at Ellis. Each corporate wellness program includes piles of information with nutrition advice and fitness programs that can help people attain their goals. It’s like a dose of personal training thrown in with a traditional membership.

Better Health and Wellness Means A Better Workplace

All of this cumulates into a lifestyle that emphasizes health and wellness, both inside and outside of the workplace. Surround yourself with like-minded individuals to raise each other higher past your goals. Working out with coworkers is good for team bonding, as well as the obvious mental and physical health benefits. Healthy individuals are often happier in general, which means a better workplace for everyone.

As an employee, you can encourage your company to take the right steps toward a healthier environment. If you want to become a better employee, make yourself better outside of the office. Start with some time at the gym, and encourage those around you to do the same.

Send your boss this corporate wellness link to learn more about how your company can partner with Ellis Athletic Center in Newtown Square.

The Time to Work On Your New Year’s Resolution is Now

There are only 65 days left in the year! With the holiday season officially upon us, those 60+ days are going to go fast. Before you know it, you’ll be ringing in the new year and trying to decide what this year’s resolution is going to be. If you are like most Americans, you’ll be making a fitness-related resolution this year, and it’s probably not the first time you’ve done it. Most people who make a fitness resolution have made them many, many times in the past, too.

If that sounds like you, then it’s time to do things differently this year. Instead of waiting for the new year to begin, it’s time to start working on your resolutions now. Because our gym has child care, personal trainers, and all the classes and equipment you could need, Ellis Athletic Center is the perfect place to get it done.

Why You Should Start Working on Your Resolution Now

Avoid the post-New Year’s gym crunch.

If you’ve ever joined a gym after the New Year, then you know what we’re talking about. A lot of gyms are packed with people who have made it their resolution to achieve a fitness goal. By February, they start to disappear. But why bother with the packed gyms when you could start working out now and start to see the results well before the new year arrives? That way, you avoid disappearing from the gym in February, too, because you’ll be motivated by the progress you’ve already made.

You’ll skip the holiday weight gain.

We all know how easy it is to gain weight over the holidays. If you start your new fitness routine now, though, you can avoid the weight gain and even get a jump on knocking off some of those excess pounds you are already carrying. Our personal trainers can work with you to ensure you are able to enjoy the holidays and avoid depriving yourself of those tasty holiday treats while still staying healthy and fit.

You’ll enter 2018 feeling good about yourself.

How do you usually feel on January 1st? A lot of people look in the mirror and aren’t happy with what they see. They’ve put on weight over the holidays. They haven’t been exercising. And now they are starting another year feeling down about themselves and not feeling or looking their best. Is that how you want to start 2018? Or would you rather start it feeling like a champion?

You could actually achieve your fitness goals.

If you’ve been making New Year’s Resolutions year after year about your fitness and you aren’t achieving your goals, then it’s time for something to change. It’s time to try something different. Starting now and working with a personal trainer can help you stay focused and motivated, instead of hitting the gym hard in January and avoiding it like the plague by March. Working with a personal trainer and starting today could be what you need to do to finally hit those goals.

We have a team to help you do it.

Our personal trainers are ready to get to work. If you want to start achieving your fitness goals now and not two months from now, we’re ready to get started, too. Talk to our team about becoming a member of Ellis Athletic Center today. And if you are already a member, ask how you can get a free one-hour personal training session!

How to Prevent Holiday Weight Gain

For a lot of people, the holidays are their favorite time of the year. It’s a time to celebrate with family and friends, but all of those celebrations can quickly derail your diet. Holiday festivities are typically filled with calorie-laden food and drink, and it’s tough to resist the temptation just to have a bite or two (or ten!) of your favorite holiday foods. All of the fun of the holidays is usually accompanied by some holiday weight gain, and it’s one of the reasons so many people choose to join a gym right after the New Year. But what if you could skip the weight gain while still enjoying the holidays?

It’s actually possible! Here are some tips on how to make it happen from our personal training team in Newtown Square.

Try These Tips to Keep the Weight Off During the Holidays

Make sure you are getting enough sleep.

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season often leave us sleep deprived. That puts you at risk for weight gain. When you are tired, you are much more likely to make poor decisions when it comes to your eating habits. Lack of sleep can increase your stress levels, too, making you even more likely to binge on bad food choices. Make sure you are getting in your eight hours a night and you’ll be better equipped to make smart choices for your health during the day.

Fill up on healthy foods first.

Before you head out to a party, munch on some healthy foods first. Have a salad or an apple at home because you face a buffet of tasty treats. Feeling full will help you say no to the items in front of you, and knowing that you’ve already made a smart choice for your diet will make you less likely to sabotage it later on. Keep a stock of pre-party healthy snacks at home, focusing on fruits, veggies, and proteins to help you feel full.

Eat slowly.

When you do eat at a holiday party, try to do it as slowly as possible. It takes some time for your brain to receive the message from your stomach that you are actually full; in fact, it can take about 20 minutes for those two to talk. So the slower you eat, the less likely you are to fill up on unneeded calories. Eat slowly, pausing in between bites. This will allow your stomach time to send those “I’m full!” messages to the brain.

Indulge sensibly.

An occasional indulgence is okay! It is the holiday season, after all. Treat yourself to an occasional treat, but do it sensibly. If you just can’t resist your grandmother’s fudge, have a small piece. Don’t gobble down an entire box of it. By giving yourself permission to enjoy the occasional treat, it makes it less likely that you’ll throw out all of your self-restraint and completely derail your diet.

Skip the drinks.

Holiday beverages are some of the worst offenders when it comes to calories. A couple drinks of eggnog can have you hitting your total calories for the day, and we won’t even get started on those fancy coffee beverages. Avoiding holiday beverages can help you cut calories while still being able to enjoy some of your favorite holiday foods. Drink water, tea, and black coffee throughout the holiday season and you should enter the New Year without those extra pounds!

Need More Tips for the Holidays? Our Personal Trainers Can Help!

If you want to look your best for all of those holiday parties, working with a personal trainer can help you stay accountable, motivated, and inspired to reach your fitness goals. Let’s get to work! If you are already a member, ask our team how you can get a free hour of personal training at Ellis Athletic Center. If you aren’t a member, the best time to join is now! Sign up today.