TOPS Helps You Create an Enjoyable Workout

Published: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 04:24 PM.

• Set a realistic goal each session.  Decide what you’d like to accomplish for each workout and stick to it.  Do you want to reduce your mile time by one minute?  Or would you like to do 10 more crunches?  Smaller goals give you something to strive for during your workout, and it’s often easier to focus on them than your overall objective.  Make sure it’s something that will challenge you but isn’t impractical. 

• Listen to music.  Make a workout playlist on your MP3 device to help get your mind off of the task and give you a soundtrack to your activity.  It can also give you a boost.  According to the American Council on Exercise (ACE), people who increase the beat frequency of music during a workout tend to go faster or work harder.

• Stay hydrated.  Avoid dehydration and drink plenty of water before, during, and after your workout.  Bring a water bottle with you to help your performance and replenish the fluids you lose through sweating.

• Dress properly.  It’s important to be comfortable when you’re exercising.  Make sure to choose appropriate attire for the activity and the weather, select sweat-wicking materials, use sturdy shoes, and wear protective gear, if needed.  Treating yourself to some new, attractive workout clothes can also boost your enthusiasm for exercising.

TOPS Club Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) is the original weight-loss support and wellness education organization. Founded more than 64 years ago, TOPS is the only nonprofit, noncommercial weight-loss organization of its kind. TOPS promotes successful weight management with a “Real People. Real Weight Loss.SM” philosophy that combines support from others at weekly chapter meetings, healthy eating, regular exercise, and wellness information. TOPS has about 170,000 members – male and female, age seven and older – in nearly 10,000 chapters throughout the United States and Canada.

Visitors are welcome to attend their first TOPS meeting free of charge. To find a local chapter, view or call (800) 932-8677.

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