|PHOTO: GET READY FOR A HEALTHY AND
Finally, winter is coming to an end and puffy jackets and layers of clothing will be a thing of the past. But what about those unwanted layers of pounds that you added during this rough winter? With only ten short weeks until summer, Carol Lynne Teteak, Fitness Coordinate and Personal Trainer at Edward Health & Fitness Centers, recommends these ten tips to get you ready for a healthy and fit summer.
- Start a journal. Fitness journals are an effective way to monitor and manage your entire fitness program. It is recommended that you track your workouts, food and how you are feeling each day.
- Find a fitness buddy. Working out with a friend adds that layer of accountability to your workout and makes working out that much more fun. People who work out with someone else are less likely to skip the gym and more likely to reach their fitness goals.
- Sign up and train for a race. Setting realistic goals with a specific timeline are important to making progress. Signing up for a race of any distance is a great way to kick-start your journey toward your summer fitness goals. “There are races and fun runs for all distances for people of all fitness levels,” said Teteak. “Start off small, build your stamina and remember to have fun.”
- Find your fitness love. Don’t like running or aerobic classes? No problem…try gardening, hiking, paddle boarding, skiing, walking around a shopping mall, throwing the ball around with your kids or bowling. There are many ways to add physical activity to your life; it’s just a matter of finding out what your fitness love is.
- Try a new healthy meal each week. Break out of your take-out routine and lighten up your meals by adding super foods like fresh berries, kale, or sweet potatoes.
- Tighten and tone. Most people, especially women, stay away from heavy weights because they believe they will get bigger. In general, you will get a smaller, tighter physique with heavier weight training due to an increased metabolism and lower body fat.
- Shake those hips. “Zumba, a Latin inspired, easy to follow aerobic dance class, is a fun way to work out and get in shape,” said Teteak. “Trying new classes, like Zumba, are a great way to spice up your workout routine.”
- Consider personal training. Every BODY is unique and some require special attention. A Personal Trainer can create an individualized program to help you reach your fitness goals safely and effectively while teaching you how to make the most of the time you spend exercising!
- Don’t beat yourself up. Everyone has an off day. The key is to not get too frustrated with yourself if you slip up. Get back in the game and don’t give up on your fitness goals.
- Take it one day at a time. Change takes time. “You are not going to safely lose a lot of weight in a matter of days,” said Teteak. “If you take it one day at a time, in ten short weeks, you will be ready to have a healthy and fit summer.”
For more information and to view classes to kick-start your workout, visit www.edward.org/fitness.