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

6-Week Triathlon Challenge

Go get it. Do something you’ve never done before.

January has come and gone, but you've never been into new year's resolutions anyway. You've always wanted to do something new, something exciting, but searching out what that is takes time. 

Well, you've found it. A 6-week Triathlon. This activity has all the benefits of accomplishing something amazing while not having to torture your body through 14 hours of a grueling race in 1-day's time. 

Our facility can accommodate all of your miles.

Swim laps in our junior-Olympic sized lap pool. 

Swim laps in our junior-Olympic sized lap pool. 

Bike on our spin bikes during a class or bring your bike to the Center and cycle around our 1-mile outdoor trail.

Bike on our spin bikes during a class or bring your bike to the Center and cycle around our 1-mile outdoor trail.

Run the outdoor trail, indoor track, or treadmills. 

Run the outdoor trail, indoor track, or treadmills. 

There are plenty of options, and it's up to you to document your mileage, so we're not going to be looking over your shoulder to make sure you complete this. You can do it!

From February 1-March 11, you get to manually log your own miles to accomplish something you never have before. The best part: all competitors who complete the mileage get a finisher's t-shirt. 

You've still got time to sign up, but the longer you wait, the less time you have to finish your mileage. 

You can register in person at the reception desk, by phone at 479-756-8090, or online at http://tinyurl.com/gp9u5p7. Cost is only $10