Last week we discussed some tips to stay motivated. So maybe now you have decided to find your motivation and join an exercise group. When people have finished their physical therapy program, they are often looking to keep their momentum going and get into a regular routine. Here are some ideas on what to look for in a exercise group or program.
Modifications are provided and encourage
Not everybody in an exercise group is at the same fitness level. Some people need higher or advanced level exercises, some need more basic or beginner level. The importance here is that you are finding an exercise that is challenging, but that you can complete without loss of form. To gain muscle strength it is essential to work at an appropriate intensity. More importantly, you should chose the level that is best for you and not worry about what everyone else is doing. Working at a higher level than what your body is able to do can lead to serious injury.
Form is stressed, over and over. . .and over
In my opinion, form is everything. If you are doing an exercise with improper form you are essentially wasting your time and can actually injure yourself. The professional you are working with -instructor, a trainer, a “drill sergeant” or even a physical therapist – should be extremely conscious about your form.
You are expected to be accountable and to keep appointments
I truly feel that people who are successful in the fitness or health field realize that you have to be accountable, take responsibility for your own life and actions, and regularly attend your program in order to succeed. If you are allowed to reschedule, cancel, or miss appointments regularly you may need somebody else motivating you and being sure you are accountable for your own success!
As I have mentioned in previous blogs, I am no different than everybody reading this! I need to be motivated. I need to be held accountable at times. This year I made it a goal to make fitness apart of my own life; to practice what I preach all day long! I joined the Boot Camp Challenge in Malta, NY with “The Rock” as my “drill sergeant”. I can say with confidence that I enjoy waking up 3 days a week and going to class at 5:15AM to ensure I am taking care of my body. I feel comfortable with my options and my ability to modify my exercises. She questions me and expects me to let her know if and why I have missed a class and I am constantly corrected with my form! This class was what was right for me, but you might need something different! Keep these tips in mind when you are finding what is right for you.
***If you are a local trainer, group instructor, or fitness instructor, please feel free to reach out to me! I would love to take a look at your facility or take a class and discuss my experience! In June I will be traveling to Pilates with Arielle Bernard as well as to CoreFitness in Saratoga and am looking forward to these experiences!
Alison Synakowski, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC, CSCS
Certified Sportsmetrics Instructor
Sports Physical Therapy of NY, PC
1 West Ave, Suite 150
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866