Friday, January 25, 2008

Resolution Progress Report

We’re a month into the New Year. How is everyone doing with his or her New Year’s resolutions to get fit and to lose those extra pounds? I for one can tell you that it is not easy. I regret every piece of holiday candy and every extra scooping of potatoes. It’s a lot easier to add those extra pounds than it is to lose them.

Since it takes a loss of 3,500 calories a week to lose just one pound, this is not the time to give up. It doesn’t happen easily and late January is the time many begin to lose hope and interest and become discouraged. Here are a few tips to help you stay focused on your goals:

1. Set realistic goals for yourself
Many people say, “Jane, I will workout seven days a week…” Although I would love to see them every day, that kind of a schedule is just too difficult for most people to maintain. You are setting yourself up to fail. My advice is to go four to five days a week at a time day that is both convenient and enjoyable for you.

2. Vary your workout routines
Try different classes. Martin Memorial Health and Fitness Centers offer many different classes including Zumba for the Latin beat, kickboxing, senior fitness, yoga and tai chi just to name a few. Don’t limit yourself to just the treadmill or weights. You just might have fun and meet a few new friends in group exercise classes.

3. Try personal training
Think about it. You’ve never worked out with fitness equipment. Most of us were not born with an intimate knowledge of the equipment and it’s easy to become intimidated. The health and fitness centers always offer a free training session when you join.

Sometimes a few extra sessions with a personal trainer (like Nancy Aldrich, shown at left) will help you set realistic goals and develop a long-term plan. Some of the advantages of a trainer are:

· Injury prevention
· Accountability
· Partnership
· New workouts

So, here’s to a great year of health and fitness. Remember that you’re not doing this just for the outward appearance – your heart and lungs will thank you as well.

--Jane Reynolds, certified personal trainer, health and fitness instructor
Martin Memorial Hospital South Health and Fitness Center

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