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Writer / Heather Thomas Owner & Lead Instructor, The Barre Code Louisville

fitnessA key component of being healthy is having a fitness routine that works for you and sets you up for success. Following a year of unexpected challenges, my hope for you is that 2021 is filled with happiness and good health. Regardless of your age, here’s my advice for beginning a regimen or kick-starting an existing one for the new year.

Start Somewhere. The first step is acknowledging that you want to get back into a routine. Instead of dwelling on the past, set attainable goals that set you up for continued growth. Always remember why you started!

Find Excitement. Try a different fitness class, create a new playlist or invite a friend to join you. Over time, your workout will be something you look forward to and it is more likely to become part of your lifestyle.

Include variety. The three components for a well-rounded fitness routine are strength, cardio and flexibility. A good mix for the week could be three days of strength and two days of cardio with some components of flexibility mixed in throughout. Increase the frequency and intensity of your workouts week to week and include rest days as needed.

Fit in exercise when you have an open block of time. A 20-30-minute workout is better than no workout at all. On days that you have more time, plan to take advantage of it and walk a little further, take a yoga class or include a few more sets of strength exercises.

Get outside with your family. With the COVID restrictions, it’s likely that every family member has been stuck inside for far too long. On a nice day, take a walk around the neighborhood or visit a local park. If it’s snowing, go sledding, have a “friendly” snowball fight or build a snowman.

fitnessCelebrate the Small Victories. Change doesn’t happen overnight. Be patient with yourself and continue to move forward at the pace that is right for you. Recognizing even the smallest changes – like making it to a workout class one day this week or scheduling 30 minutes in your day for a walk – will give you the momentum needed to reach your goals.

About the author: Heather Thomas is a Texas native who moved to Louisville in 2015. With more than 15 years in the fitness industry, she has accumulated various certifications in a variety of group fitness formats. Thomas began instructing at The Barre Code in 2015  which led her to take on a full-time position as the Studio Manager and Master Trainer. She loves the supportive community, welcoming atmosphere and killer workouts so much that she became the owner in 2018. Visit http://www.thebarrecode.com/studio/middletown/ to learn more about class formats, studio offerings and the workout community, building strength from the inside out.

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