Thanks to Elle Woods, it has become well-known that “exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t kill their husbands…” This thought may have worked for a while, but 20 years later the motivation to exercise may be dwindling.

We all know that it’s good for us, we hear it all the time! But easier said than done. When you’d rather go back to bed or spend the day in front of the TV, how do you find the motivation to exercise?

Benefits of Exercising

Other than the obvious benefit of shedding those few extra pounds, exercise has numerous psychological benefits as well. Reduced anxiety and depression, stress management, and a sharper memory are all added advantages.

You don’t have to run a marathon to reap these mental and physical benefits. Just 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day is enough to get your blood pumping.

Probably the biggest perk of all is the feeling of accomplishment and well-being. It’s a great way to improve your mood naturally and give that little energy boost we could all use.

Tips for Motivation to Exercise

Life is busy and it can be easy to find an excuse not to work out. You’ve got to make up your mind that you want to do it and these ideas can help:

  • Personal Accountability
  • Find a work-out buddy
  • Get some new workout gear
  • Take a group fitness class
  • Personal training
  • Reward System

Personal Accountability

Setting aside a specific time each day for physical exercise is a great start. If it’s in your calendar, there is a greater chance that you will follow through.

Look at your workout as a goal for the day and write it down! Studies show that both men and women performed better and were more likely to achieve their goals when they were written down.

Don’t just squeeze it in your calendar either. Make it exciting! Circle it, highlight it, make it stand out from your other tasks. Remember, this is a great mental break for your day that can help you perform your other tasks better.

Two is Better Than One

Working out with a friend is a great way to ensure you get that sweat session in. Accountability can help create that needed motivation that you may not have otherwise.

Gym meet-ups are the new happy hour. Set aside a time to hit the gym with your bestie and tackle that workout together. Try out a group fitness class and learn something new!

Try New Fitness Gear

When you look good, you feel good…but it’s really more than that. Having the proper exercise attire can improve your overall performance and help you out in the long run.

Good-quality sneakers and proper-fitting, breathable clothing are a great start. Don’t go out and spend a fortune on name-brand items, but don’t settle for the cheapest articles either if they aren’t going to last. Consider this purchase an investment in your fitness journey.

Group Fitness Classes

Fitness classes are a great way to shake up the mundane. At Fitness CF we have several different class options to meet your fitness level and your schedule.

From Zumba and spinning to pilates and yoga, you are sure to find the perfect workout class! Our certified instructors will help give you the encouragement to get through the class and finish strong – even if you’ve never participated before.

CF Fitness Class Options

CF Fitness has several health clubs located in central Florida, each with its own class schedule to meet your needs. These include both high and low-impact fitness classes, as well as the Silver Sneakers program for seniors.

Classes include LesMills BodyAttack, BodyCombat, BodyFlow, BodyPump, BodyStep, Core, Sprint, Sh’Bam, BodyJam and RPM. Plus, Cycle, 20/20/20 Action, Yoga, Pilates Mat, Power Yoga, Strong, Zumba, Barre, Flex, Kickboxing, TRX Suspension Training, Step Aerobics, Creative Conditioning, Barre, XCO Latin Workout, Hot Yoga, HEAT, Yogalates and DAP.

Personal Training

If you don’t know where exactly to start, personal training might be the perfect place. This one-on-one approach is tailored to your body and your goals. Regardless of your age or stage of fitness, this option can get you headed in the right direction.

Small personal training classes of 6 people or less are also available. This option gives you the focused attention of a trainer, while still maintaining a down-sized feel of group fitness.

Reward Yourself

It may come across as childish, but providing incentives to complete tasks is scientifically proven to work! Believe it or not, there is an actual reward pathway to the brain. The mesolimbic dopamine system is the “key detector of a rewarding stimulus”.

Our body’s natural response to rewards will flag that pathway and say, “Hey, we liked that. Let’s do it again!”

The rewards don’t have to be anything major – something as simple as throwing in a five-dollar bill every time you complete a fitness class. Once you save up $100 you can treat yourself to something you really enjoy!

Join Us at VIM Fitness

VIM Fitness has all of the tools you need to bring back that motivation to exercise. Try out a fitness class, talk to a personal trainer and learn how we can help you out.

Our trainers and coaches can set help get you on the path to achieving your fitness goals. Contact us today with any questions or swing by one of our locations. We can’t wait to see you!

Restaurant Strong Fund

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all of us.

While we know that it is vital that non-essential workers stay home and social distance to slow the spread of the virus…. doing so has unfortunately wreaked havoc on the economy, particularly small businesses and those employed by them. Restaurants and restaurant employees are one group heavily affected.

Because of this, The Greg Hill Foundation and Samuel Adams have teamed up to support those from the restaurant industry across the country who have been impacted by the Covid-19 closures.”

The Restaurant Strong Fund has been raising money for restaurants and their workers across 20 states. Will you join VIM to help Massachusetts reach its goal of $1,000,000?

Join us for our Instagram Live workout on Tuesday, May 5th at 5:30 PM – Bodyweight Burn w/Rachel, where she will be encouraging viewers to donate to the fund.
Can’t make it? Just click the button below to donate now!

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Holiday hours

The holidays are upon us!
Please take note of our holiday hours:

Central Square:

    • Tuesday, December 24th – 9am-4pm

    • CHRISTMAS – Wednesday, December 25th – CLOSED

    • Thursday, December 26th – 8am-8pm

    • Tuesday, December 31st – 9am-4pm

    • Wednesday, January 1st – 9am-7pm


University Park:

    • Tuesday, December 24th – 10am-3pm

    • CHRISTMAS – Wednesday, December 25th – CLOSED

    • Thursday, December 26th – 10am-6pm

    • Tuesday, December 31st – 10am-3pm

    • Wednesday, January 1st – 10am-6pm

Thanksgiving hours

Thanksgiving is around the corner! Please take note of our holiday hours:

Central Square:

  • Wed., Nov. 27 – 8am-8pm

  • THANKSGIVING – Thurs., Nov. 28 – 8am-2pm

  • Fri., Nov. 29 – 8am-8pm


University Park:

  • Wed., Nov. 27 – 9am-7pm

  • THANKSGIVING – Thurs., Nov. 28 – CLOSED

  • Fri., Nov. 29 – 10am-7pm

Pilates reformer bootcamp

5 WEEKS: APRIL 15 – MAY 19

ONLY $379


From April 15th through May 19th, we’re hosting a 5-week Pilates Reformer Bootcamp! Kick your Pilates training up a notch or learn what it’s all about by taking two Reformer sessions twice a week for five weeks. Get your core in shape like never before for Spring! 

CONTACT SHARON FOR MORE DETAILS!

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new year bootcamp challenge

8 WEEKS: FEB. 11 – APRIL 8

$249 GETS YOU:

  • 2 SGT Sessions per week
  • Unlimited Team Training
  • Nutritional guidance w/in-house nutritionist, Rich

Grand prize weight loss winner will be awarded a free month of Small Group Training valued at $179 (12 sessions, unlimited Team Training & open gym!)

PRESALE ENDS FEB. 10!

Questions? Contact Tyler:

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holiday hours

The holidays are approaching! Please take note of our holiday hours so you may plan your workouts accordingly:

Central Square:

  • Dec. 24th – 9am-4pm
  • CHRISTMAS – Dec. 25th – CLOSED
  • Dec. 26th – 8am-8pm
  • Dec. 31st – 9am-4pm
  • Jan. 1st – 9am-7pm

University Park:

  • Dec. 24th – 10am-3pm
  • CHRISTMAS – Dec. 25th – CLOSED
  • Dec. 26th – 10am-3pm
  • Dec. 31st – 10am-3pm
  • Jan. 1st – 10am-3pm
gym etiquette

With January on the horizon, the gym will soon be packed to the sweaty brim with new members (and current members showing up more often) fulfilling their New Year’s Resolutions!

The more, the merrier! Let’s welcome them and show them that we know how to be courteous to our fellow members, the gym staff and the gym itself!

Here are a few tips to heed so that you’re not ‘that guy’ or ‘that gal’ at the gym:

gym etiquette
  1. Return Equipment to its Proper Place. – Using free weights? Awesome. Don’t forget to put them back where they belong so the next person doesn’t have to go on a wild goose chase to find them, and so nobody trips over a dumbbell left in the middle of the floor. 
  2. Clean Up After Yourself! – This tip is twofold. Wipe down the equipment after using it to A. clean off the sweat, and B. to stop the spread of germs during cold and flu season.
  3. Be On Top of Your Personal Hygiene – If you haven’t showered in a while before heading to the gym, maybe consider a quick one prior to your workout so the person using the treadmill next to yours doesn’t hightail it out of there when you show up. Also, gym clothes can get pretty funky if you don’t wash them within a reasonable amount of time after your gym session. Don’t forget about them in your gym bag till three days from now!
  4. Sick? Come Back When You Feel Better! – Don’t risk the spread of germs to the other members. Get some rest and get better!
  5. Hang Up Your Phone. – We don’t want/need to hear your conversation with your bff or your mom. Need to keep your phone on for work? That’s cool – just answer it in an isolated area to avoid distracting other members.
  6. Stop the Gym Selfies! – Especially the ones that seem to require clothing removal of any kind. It can be annoying to other members, and they don’t want to inadvertently photobomb you and end up on your Insta feed.
  7. Avoid Grunting/Dropping Weights. – We get it. It’s heavy! No need to announce it to the world. Also, dropping weights can be dangerous and can damage the floors. 
  8. Follow the Gym Rules. – Every gym has their own set of rules. Be sure you are familiar with them!

Can’t get enough of these gym etiquette tips? Don’t fret. Here are some links to other gym etiquette articles that get into even more detail:

in-house massage

Sore after your killer workout?

No sweat!

VIM is now offering In-House Massage appointments!

30 min $50
60 min $85
90 min $120

Contact Tyler to book your appointment now!

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back to school recipes - chicken salad

August is coming to an end, which means school is starting soon!

Prepping lunch for students both young and old can be difficult in the busy fall season. Every student is different, and often their nutritional needs vary, too. The classic PBJ may work for some, but not all.

So if you’re struggling to find a lunch that interests a gluten free 8th grader, a 4th grade vegetarian or athletic college senior, you’re in luck! There’s something good for everyone.


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1. Chicken Soup


For picky eaters, try a a classic chicken soup! You can make it ahead and store it in the freezer in batches to thaw the night before.
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2. Tomato & Mozzarella Pasta


For the vegetarian, a tomato & mozzarella pasta is both sophisticated and simple to make so all ages can enjoy.
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3. Vegetable Sushi Bento Box


For the vegan, a vegetable sushi bento box will wow the whole table! No one will even notice the lack of meat or dairy.
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4. Chicken Salad on Fresh Baguette


For the athlete, a hearty chicken salad on fresh baguette will offer plenty of carbs and protein for an active body!
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5. Homemade Sandwich Bread


For the gluten free student, it can be tough to be the only one without a classic sandwich. But with this homemade sandwich bread, PBJ is back on!
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6. Whoopie Pies


With a nut allergy, it can be difficult to watch everyone enjoy cookies that “may contain peanuts.” These whoopie pies go great with any lunch, but without any risk!
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7. Hummus


For the lactose-intolerant, there’s no need for cheese when you’ve got hummus! Pack it with veggies, pita and olives for a real mediterranean experience.
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8. Taco Soup


For the grad student, you never need to miss out on Taco Tuesday again. When one hand is writing your thesis, one can enjoy this Taco Soup!
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If you have a go-to lunch, feel free to share it in the comments!


VIM is now offering nutrition services with Trainer & Nutrition Coach, Christine Galvin!

Click below to find out how you can benefit from 1 on 1 Nutrition Coaching!

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