The time of year for reflection and rededication is upon us, and personal fitness is at the forefront of the minds of most. Whether this is your first rodeo or you’re an experienced athlete, here are my 5 top tips to improve your exercise excellence!

Start Somewhere: It doesn’t matter what you do, just MOVE! You can fine tune the process at a later time, so start with the most convenient forms of exercise for you.

Take It Easy: Rome wasn’t built in a day, neither was your body. There is no need to feel like you must complete your goals in the first week. Build slowly and gradually to remain safe and feel accomplished.

Switch Gears: Fitness is a very personal journey. It is not necessary to only follow one discipline to see results. Therefore, try it all! You’ll be surprised at what your body best responds to, but more importantly, what you may enjoy.

Posse Up: Studies show that success rates improve dramatically when you surround yourself with others that share similar goals. Join forces with family, friends, and coworkers to develop accountability which will push you farther, longer.

Rest For Your Best: Recovery is essential for you to feel and perform better. Stretch, massage, and sleep are great ways to increase energy, boost metabolism, and fuel your next sweat session.