Getting fit or changing your lifestyle is one of the most common New Years resolutions made by people every January 1st – the trick is sticking to your new goals. At Haverhill Leisure Centre we provide the support you need to make your fitness targets a reality. Our induction process starts with a full programme design that suits both you and your aims. We’ll help you set goals and create a programme that will get you started on your fitness journey.
Abbeycroft Leisure pride ourselves on being there every step of the way, from new programmes to match your improving fitness to advice on nutrition and introducing new ways to work out.
Here are our tips to help you stick to those 2013 resolutions…
Try out different classes
We have over 50 exercise classes a week at Haverhill Leisure Centre – not all of them will be your cup of tea. Perhaps the thought of lifting weights in Pump FX sounds like torture but the idea of shaking your behind to Latin grooves in Zumba captures your imagination?
Try a variety of classes and see which work best for you. Enjoying your workout is the key to continuing. Our Lifestyle membership includes unlimited access to all our classes so you can try them all at no extra cost!
Bring a friend!
Your social life need not suffer because you want to dedicate your time to getting healthy – bring a friend! Our classes are great fun and a brilliant place to share your goals with likeminded people. Working out is better together – a healthy competition with your friends will push you to work harder and smarter, as well as making the time go quicker. Plus, if you refer a friend who signs up for membership with Abbeycroft Leisure, we’ll give you £20!* (Terms and conditions apply). If you don’t fancy the gym, bring your kids swimming, play a game of badminton with friends – there are so many options available.
Set short term targets
Don’t scare yourself with massive ideas on what you want to achieve – be realistic! Set yourself short term goals and reward yourself when you reach them (a shopping trip for new clothes to fit your changing shape or a day out walking with friends to celebrate your improving fitness). You can make a hundred small goals in a year and each time you reach one, set another. Always have something to aim for, however small!
Share your achievements
Our Inspire Me campaign shares stories of ordinary people who have changed their life through exercise. You could be someone that inspires others – let us know! Until then, read the stories of our previous cover stars who have shown that you can achieve whatever you desire if you work hard at it.
Fit Exercise Into Your Day
Sometimes its easier to make exercise fit into your day rather than fit your day around exercise. Take your lunch break - exercising at this time can help keep your energy levels up when you head back to your desk in the afternoon, increasing your performance. We have a lunchtime Pilates class, or you could come for a 30 minute swim. If you don’t want to head to the gym, take half an hour to go for a walk. Take your colleagues with you and make it a social occasion and encourage others to exercise. If your day really is too busy consider setting your alarm a bit earlier to hit the gym, the pool or exercise outside. It will make you feel more refreshed and alert and before long your body will get used to the earlier start. Just 30 minutes of exercise every day will make a huge difference to how you feel and look. You could even make your trip to work your exercise – get your bike out of the shed and cycle to work. You’ll save money on fuel and feel better for it. Just once a week could be 30-60 minutes exercise more than you have previously done.
Have regular programme reviews
As you get used to working out, your initial programme will no longer push you. It’s important to touch base with the gym team and review your programme as well as your fitness goals as these may also have changed. Each step you move along your journey will motivate you to continue.
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