Summer is right around the corner, which means it is time to start thinking about — and acting to achieve — your summer fitness goals. Some want to be swimsuit-ready. Others simply want to feel good and be able to be active throughout the summer months, taking advantage of the warm weather and the great outdoors.
Whatever your reason for wanting to kickstart your journey to better health, the process is the same. Here’s the MaxiClimber recipe for climbing your way into summer goals.
Create a Plan
All great successes start with a great plan. It’s nice to have a goal, but you’ll never achieve it without a detailed plan to help you reach your destination and measure your success.
First, think about what you ultimately want to achieve. Maybe it’s a goal weight or swimsuit size. Maybe it is simply to develop a routine of healthy habits. Maybe you’re training for a particular activity like a hike, race, or rafting trip. Whatever your personal goal, make sure it is clearly defined and that you are committed to working toward it.
Second, think about what steps it will take to achieve your goal. Where fitness is concerned, common steps might include exercise and diet.
Third, get specific. Make detailed micro-goals that will help you reach your ultimate objective. These will vary depending on your goal, but here are a few micro-goal ideas to get your creative juices flowing:
- Stay hydrated by drinking 8oz more water this week each day than you did last week. Increase by 8oz each week until you reach the recommended water intake for your body type.
- Increase the amount of weight you lift gradually over time. Start with 1lb weights, increase to 3lb, then 5lb, then 10lb etc.
- Take the stairs. This will easily build more cardio into your day.
- Eat out only once a week.
- Eat breakfast each day. Focus on protein, fruits, and veggies.
- Plan your dinners for an entire week. When you are able to do so consistently, plan your lunches, too. Then add breakfast. Eventually you will be meal planning for everything you eat.
Take Advantage of HIIT
High intensity interval training or HIIT is the most effective way to burn fat. It combines the best of cardio with weight training and allows you to burn more fat in less time.
HIIT workouts alternate short but intense bursts of cardio with intervals of recovery and weight training. Typically, individuals complete HIIT workouts at least 2-3 times each week for 30 minutes.
A vertical climber is an excellent way to get in powerful HIIT workouts. A vertical climber workout allows you to complete highly intensity cardio with low impact on your joints, protecting your body while you exercise.
Make Your Workout Accessible
One of the greatest obstacles to consistent exercise is accessibility. If your workout depends on leaving the house, it is less likely to happen. One of the biggest climber machine benefits is the ability to get in a fulfilling workout from the comfort of your own home.
The MaxiClimber Classic has a compact design that allows it to fit in small spaces like apartments, basements, patios, and garages. Plus, with an adjustable user height up to 6’ 2” and a weight limit of up to 240lbs, it’s ideal for all fitness levels.
So, get started on your climb to summer fitness goals today with a MaxiClimber!
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