How to Start a Workout Habit

A teacher once told me that it is far easier to form a habit than to break one. Even if you get rid of some (the h), you still have “a bit” left over. He, of course, was discouraging bad habits in our developing minds but I am reminded of it every time I hear someone complain about finding time to exercise. When you make being active a habit, it becomes less about finding time and more about making time.

There are many theories on just how long it takes to form a habit. Some say 21 days, some say 40. Science has proven habits can form in as little as 18 while for some it takes 254!! No matter what science tells us though, the habit of exercise will never form if you don’t take that first step.

People are often surprised to hear that I have 5 children and still find time to be fit.

I love to involve my children into my fitness routine. It is recommended that children get at least 60 minutes of active play in a day; adults would benefit greatly from the same advice. The Jones Center offers a wide variety of kid geared classes like dance, gymnastics, Aikido, hockey and ice skating lessons. While the kids are busy, you can exercise in the fitness center, join a group fitness class like Spin, Zumba or Yoga. When you are both done, hit the leisure pool! Did you know that the Jones Center is a park-and-ride location for the Razorback Greenway? You can take advantage of Northwest Arkansas’s beauty while still having access to a secure parking location and clean amenities. Take hikes, go for a bike ride or swim, break it down in an after dinner dance party, just get moving. Before you know it, that habit will form and you will look forward to making time for fitness.

Not sure how to get started? The trainers at the Jones Center offer a monthly class just for you!

Fitness 101 is a new, monthly program designed to walk members through the fitness center and explain the basics of the equipment. We also offer personal training sessions to help jump start your fitness journey. While we are currently focusing on our Iron Man Challenge, in the coming weeks you will start to see information a 5k running program. Beginner or advanced, all are welcome to join our 6-week challenge ending with a full 5k race. We will offer group runs and coaching throughout the challenge.

I look forward to seeing you all around the center forming positive habits!

Guest blogger: Betsy McCall, Fitness Coordinator

Why Your Workout Plan may be Failing You


If you’re like me, you’ve dreamed of having that perfect fitness regimen that makes it easy to get and stay fit. And, if you’re like me, you’ve never quite found it. There’s never enough time. Never enough energy. Never enough motivation. There ARE always plenty of excuses though.


I had worked at The Jones Center for more than a year when someone said to me, “don’t you have a fitness center at your office?” Not only were they right, but quite frankly, I had zero excuses for not finding time to exercise. I’m at a premier workout facility 5 days a week and have the opportunity to swim, bike, ice skate, run, lift weights, stair climb, play basketball, and even take fitness classes right at my fingertips any time of day.


That statement was the motivation I needed to get started in January and, six weeks later, I’m still going strong. The Center offers 30 minute fitness classes every weekday that pack a big punch into every minute. I started there. Not only did I find that I felt better and had more energy, but I quickly formed new friendships and found the camaraderie of my new peers had me returning nearly every day of the week. Once I got into the routine of working out, I was addicted to the endorphins it gave me. I started going early to run laps before class and soon people started joining me.

What I quickly learned though, is that life isn’t always on a “perfect” schedule. Lunch meetings, errands or sick kids will sometimes get in the way of a “perfect” workout plan. When my workout plans got derailed, I felt like I was failing.  

I had to learn to let the commitment to regular exercise stick but the structure of a rigid “must do” routine go. Rather than fretting about skipping when it doesn’t work with my schedule, I learned that I have to allow myself to simply make an adjustment. Later in the day, I now find time to go for a run on the trail, lift weights after work or even go for a bike ride with the kids. Now that it’s a part of my routine, it’s literally changed my life and I’m hooked. I look better. I sleep better. I feel better. And, I’m a happier person. 


Kelly Sampson is the Advancement Specialist at The Jones Center. Her blog post is part of our special Guest Blogger series. If you would like to reach out to her, you can email her at ksampson@jonesnet.org

Concert Pianists Perform in the Chapel/Auditorium

Three accomplished Masters degree classical piano students from the University of Arkansas, NWA Community Classical Piano Student Concert Series will perform a free concert at the Jones Center Chapel Wednesday, December 9, 2015, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Performers are: Daryl F. Rojas, Yoko Fukuda, and Annie Balabanian


They will play:

Prelude and Fugue VI in D minor WTC II Book – J.S. Bach

Sonata Op. 2 No. 1 in F minor – L. van Beethoven

Sonata No. 7 Op. 83 in B flat Major “Stalingrad” – S. Prokofiev

Prelude and Fugue No. 17 in A flat major, BWV 862 – J.S. Bach

Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2 – L. Beethoven

Après une lecture du Dante – F. Lizst

Sonata in E Minor – F. Lizst

I.                    Presto

II.                  Adagio

III.                Finale

Harmonies Peotiques et Religieuses, No. 7 “Funerailles” – F. Lizst


Come enjoy an early evening of beautiful music.