SouthBMore Fitness Corner: Happy Holidays Can Mean Healthy Holidays

| October 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

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Sponsored Post from Reese Ashe of Reflex Functional Fitness:

Believe it or not summer is over and the holidays are pretty much here. Like it or not, there’s nothing we can do to stop it. Yes, the bikinis are tucked away, Halloween costumes are being thought up, travel plans for Thanksgiving are being arranged, and Christmas and holiday parties are being planned. Unfortunately with all the hustle and bustle some people are starting to forget about the gym.

I know many of you have spent the summer hitting the gym working hard on those beach bods. Maybe you’re a little burnt out and maybe you’re ready to trade in the short shorts and flip flops for yoga pants and fall boots (yes ladies, I hear you talking). Gym-lag and cute outfits aside, this is a very busy time of year to say the least. Making time for the gym and staying motivated throughout the holidays can pose a problem. After all the elaborate holiday meals, and not to mention the beloved leftovers, most of us are ready to make a bit of a change, better known as The New Year Resolution.

11146647_495195767314058_2229412425196791865_oAmong the most popular resolutions is getting back to the gym, losing weight and getting in shape. There are several gyms that do most of their marketing towards this time of year and how can you blame them? Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for getting in shape and making positive changes, I’m just not on board with waiting weeks, even months, to do it.

We live in a day of technology that has us expecting faster and faster results and wanting instant gratification. From the way we binge watch our way through an entire season of our favorite T.V. show to how fast we expect people to respond to our texts and emails. I mean admit it, how annoyed are you when you don’t get that text back in a timely manner? What can he/she possibly be doing on their lunch break that’s more important than responding to my text!?

In all seriousness, this urge for instant gratification is also the urge that deters us from sticking to a fitness routine if we don’t see results right away. This is why so many of us tend to slip up on our resolutions before February. Next thing you know, it’s April and your dreading pulling out those swim suits because you forgot all about your resolution.

I’ve read studies that say depending on what it is, it can take anywhere from 21 days up to more than 200 days to truly make or break a habit. If the latter is true, no wonder it’s so hard to stick to our fitness goals. So what’s the answer? Well that may literally be the million dollar question. I’ve seen so many different ways and reasons people have both failed and succeeded. There is no one answer that will work for every individual.

I will tell you the common factor I have seen with every success story is that they all stopped waiting and started trying. They made up their mind then and there. They didn’t wait until Monday or even January 1st to make the change. If this sounds familiar and if you want to make a change, I’m challenging you to stop waiting. Start your routine now so you can start to see results sooner.

Start now and start developing those positive habits so they will be a part of your routine before January 1st and so you will be more likely to stick to it far past resolution season. You won’t be in a panic to get ready for spring break. I know it sounds like a lifetime away, but look how fast summer flew by. Believe me, it will be here before you know it.

If you have been thinking about coming into Reflex Fitness to try a class or personal training I’m challenging you to stop waiting! Come with a friend, try a free class, and don’t wait until the holidays are over to make a change. We are offering a pre-holiday special. If you buy a 5-pack of classes you can get a 5-pack free and if you enroll in a membership, you will get the first month free. We’re trying to make it as easy as possible for you not to wait. Set your goals now. Write them down and check them daily. Ask yourself if you are doing everything you can to reach those goals. If the answer is no or you don’t know how or where to start there are so many fitness pros in the Federal Hill area who can help. Make this holiday season a happy and healthy one!

14321_10205537340891704_2731418605562377805_nReese Ashe, NSPA, ISCA, and Black Belt., is the owner and operator of Reflex Functional Fitness at the Southside Marketplace in Locust Point/Federal Hill. Reese, a familiar figure in Baltimore, has more than 15 years of experience in the fitness industry as a personal trainer, group fitness leader and martial arts instructor. He won Baltimore Magazine’s Best of Reese Ashe, NSPA, ISCA, and Black Belt., is the owner and operator of Reflex Functional Fitness at the Southside Marketplace in Locust Point/Federal Hill. Reese, a familiar figure in Baltimore, has more than 15 years of experience in the fitness industry as a personal trainer, group fitness leader and martial arts instructor. He won Baltimore Magazine’s Best of Baltimore “Best Personal Trainer” in 2010, Baltimore Sun Magazine’s “Top Trainer” in 2011, and Baltimore Magazine’s Best of Baltimore “Best Fitness Class” in 2012 and was again nominated in 2014.

Reese was a four-year NCAA Division I wrestler at Coppin State and has experience in Jiu Jitsu, boxing, Mui Thai, and Mixed Martial Arts. Reese has been taught and trained by some of the world’s best, which has fostered a discipline and work ethic that he strives to instill in all his clients.

Are you interested in ramping up your health regimen? Make sure to stop by Reflex Functional Fitness for a group fitness class, a personal training session, or to get more information.

410.962.8400 – www.ReflexBaltimore.com

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