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If you don’t already have a consistent exercise routine, we imagine that from time to time you think about how to make room for one in your busy schedule. Fortunately, living in our Nantucket Gate apartment community means that you have access to a complimentary fitness center. We think the best way to implement more working out into your daily lives is to start with the resources in front of you! Today, our blog has a few simple tips to using the fitness center:

Bring a Friend

The familiar location and the scaled-down size of our fitness center will likely make your experience exercising a little less intimidating, but it’s never a bad idea to bring a friend along with you to the fitness center. Having a designated person to interact with eases the tension and pressure of doing things the “right way” at the gym. Chances are, there are plenty of people right here within our community who are looking for a fitness buddy, as well!

Don’t Skip the Weights

For someone new to the fitness center, it can seem appealing to stick with the familiar and intuitive stuff like the treadmill, the stationary bike, and the elliptical machine. While cardio is an important component of fitness, it’s a mistake to replace strength training with more cardio. You may not intend to get ripped or to gain a significant amount of muscle, but a moderate amount of weight training using both free weights and weight machines will help keep your body in working order. When combined with cardio, it’s also the optimal way to burn calories!

Turn Off Notifications

While phones can be a helpful tool at the fitness center, they can also get in the way of you having a successful workout. Apps like timers and music might enhance your workout, while messages and social media will slow it down. We recommend putting your phone on airplane mode while at the fitness center!

Include Something Fun

Last but not least, we think that in order to sustain a lifestyle of fitness and exercise, it’s crucial to include something you love doing in your mix. For those who enjoy basketball, we’re lucky enough to have a full-sized indoor court, right here in our community! If shooting hoops isn’t your style, find a way to make your time in the fitness center more fun. You could watch a movie while you run, lay down a mat and follow along to an upbeat workout routine, or create an energetic playlist. Even more, you could incorporate another sport or physical activity you love to do somewhere in Tacoma, WA outside of the fitness center into your weekly schedule!

We hope these simple suggestions will help you know how to take better advantage of our fitness center. Thanks for reading!