It's important for HIV-positive people to stay on top of their wellbeing, even if they're already healthy and undetectable. On top of providing a mental health boost, studies have suggested that fitness could be linked to an improvement in brain function for people with HIV.
But for poz folks looking to get in shape or to gain a little extra brain boost, finding a gym can be daunting. That's why Gold's Gym is trying to limit your options by offering a once-a-year opporunity to work out — for free!
Gold’s Gym Dedication Week, which happens March 4 to March 10 (Monday to Sunday), helps members and non-members stay on track with their fitness goals. During Dedication Week, Gold’s will offer free workouts and classes along with a complimentary 30-day fitness plan with a certified personal trainer. And it's coming just in time.
According to data from Gold's Gym, New Year's resolutions to get in shape dramatically drop after nine weeks (i.e. “the fitness cliff), when new gym member attendance falls 50 percent.
That's why in addition to Dedication Week, Golds is sharing five expert tips about how to stay on track from certified personal trainer (NCSF), Katie Merrick. Check them below:
1) Have a plan and set goals. Don't just show up to a workout and wing it. It might last for a little while but will quickly fade if you don't have a plan. It may work for some but for most people, when there is lack of direction, you don't progress, you just go in circles.
2) It's not necessarily about eating less but enough of the right food. If you can, meal prep. Just like you set out a plan for your physical activity, you need to do the same (if not more) for your food intake. We can't always get a workout in everyday, but we do eat every day. It is the foundation to your health.
3) Have a person/or a group of people to help keep you accountable. We often give up when we only answer to ourselves. If you can do it with someone else, you tend to stick through a routine longer.
4) Have a daily/weekly routine, if possible. The better you can stick through a solid routine, the less likely you are to take yourself off course. The more consistent your days and weeks can be, the easier it will be to make a lifestyle out of it instead of random decisions throughout the days.
5) Get your mind right. Know your worth! Accept that even though it isn't easy, that you are worth your health. Anything worth having is worth fighting for. How bad do you want it?
To learn more about Gold's Gym Dedication Week and to find a location near you, visit GoldsGym.com.