It’s Only Fitting

It’s only fitting when it’s not tight. That’s right. If you were less active this past year than planned, you may find that – seemingly overnight – your pants are tight and your shirts don’t button right.  Don’t sigh and surrender – put up a fight!

As a new year begins, think back to how last year’s fitness plans may have gone awry, and what new things you can try.  Did you vow to swim laps several times a week at the YMCA pool, but ended up only paddling around a few times a month? Did you buy a new bike rack and gear, and then drive right by the bike trails on the way to the ice cream stand? And about that walking plan … how long did that last? Let’s take steps now to see that it happens in 2017.

Glide and Button

It’s only fitting to re-evaluate today what you can do to glide back into those pants and easily button up those shirts again, come spring. Last year may have been a little too long on Chocolate Surprise and a little short on exercise.  If it’s any consolation, you’re not alone.  Take action!  Call a similarly well-meaning friend, and get started on a new plan of action together.

Winter classes at local fitness centers all over Licking County are gearing up now for winter sessions, and featuring New Year packages – just to lure you into fitness. Be lured!  Call and ask for a tour, and see which place fits your fitness objectives.  Then, spend some money on yourself and pledge to make it a worthwhile investment.

If you’re not into the fitness center concept, check out a small class at a church or school. Some of these are good, but be sure to ask if the instructor has fitness training certification, and if not – keep looking!  Untrained instructors may, unknowingly, do more harm than good.  The key is to find something or someone to help motivate you to get your choice of exercise regularly.

How Often? What Kind?

Regularly is at least three times per week, and it doesn’t have to be all the same thing. In fact, it’s good to mix it up a bit. Two long walks and one basic strength workout at home or in an organized class setting will do for starters. There are also many gadgets and programs that can track your steps and your calorie burn/ exertion rate – some of which are available on SmartPhone apps.

Consider ‘interval training’ as an option. It might sound kind of intimidating, but the concept really isn’t.  Interval training simply means that you vary the levels of activity and intensity within a workout to accommodate aerobic and strength activities, working harder off and on.

As always, before beginning any new activity, check with your health care professional and be sure you have a physical check-up if you are older than 50 years old and haven’t had one for more than two years. In addition, there are many good fitness resources including books and DVDs to be found at the local public library. After all, it’s only fitting to do this right if you’re going to do it at all!

You are going to do it, now aren’t you?”

-Sherry Steinman

 

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