We all know that a good exercise program brings you improved health, looks, energy, and much more!

Here are some great tips to help you get started and keep you on track:

Tip #1: Schedule It

To stay consistent you have to figure out the best time to workout that fits your schedule and when you can be most accountable. Sure, you may go on a whim on occasion, but you can’t depend on these spur-of-the-moment trips to help you meet your fitness goals. You need to have a regular scheduled time to workout every week whether it’s at 5:30 a.m., mid-morning, or evening… have it set in stone and make it happen each week.

Tip #2: Bullet Proof Your Body from Pain & Injuries

When starting a workout program one of the biggest fears and frustrations is getting injured. It’s an experience that no one wants to go through, but unfortunately it can happen to any active person or athlete. But many of the common injuries and pain can be prevented with a technique called foam rolling, or self-myofacial release. I was just recently a guest on FOX 23 News discussing this and demonstrating how it works.

You can check out the video clip here-

Tip #3: Always Warm-Up & Stretch Before Exercising

Performing a good warm-up and stretching routine is an important component of overall good health and fitness. A proper warm up safely prepares the body for the increased demands of exercise. Some of the benefits include- increased blood flow through your muscles making them more elastic and ready to be worked, increase range of motion for better movement and form, improved coordination and reaction time, and increased mental focus and concentration. FOX 23 Morning News had me on again as a guest a few days ago as I showed how to properly warm up and stretch, and even “sneak in” some strength training and core/ab work into your warm-up stretching routine.

Check out that recent video clip here-

Tip #4: Stick with It

Once you’ve gotten started you then have to make sure you follow through and stay consistent. Though you may think the benefits of exercising are enough to keep you going strong, you may be wrong. To make it a little easier to stick with your routine, give yourself a goal of sticking with your program three days a week for atleast three months. Once you’ve been at it for that long, it should be cemented into your schedule, making it easier to stick with your plan for the long haul. I was featured on the local morning news a few weeks ago discussing resolutions and goal- setting and how to make them stick.

You can see that recent video clip here-

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”

Follow these 4 tips above, be sure and watch the video links where I explain in more detail and give live examples and demonstrations, and of course let me know if I can help you in any way!

We just kicked off an 8-week Transformation Contest here at Tulsa Fitness Systems where the winner will receive $500 cash! And we’ve got lots of other prizes up for grabs as well!

We’ve got tons of cool stuff happening now and planned for 2012! And we do currently have a few openings for new training clients in our large group metabolic training sessions as well as our small group sessions.

To get more information just email me at
[email protected] or call me directly at 918-296-7418.

Your fitness coach,

Clint Howard, MS is the Founder/Director of Tulsa Fitness Systems located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Clint has a Bachelors degree in Health & Exercise Science and a Masters degree in Exercise Physiology, both from the University of Oklahoma. Clint is a certified personal trainer through the National Strength & Conditioning Association and American College of Sports Medicine and is also a Certified Boot Camp Instructor through the National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association and a certified golf fitness expert through the Titleist Performance Institute.