buying whole fruits and vegetables asyou can from more expensive, concentrated options,” she says. “You get a lotmore for your money.”
If you’ve resolved to get fit in 2011,you’re not alone. “The gyms in Januaryare insane,” confirms Katelynn Theal, acertified exercise physiologist and fitnessconsultant at MacEwan Centre for Sportand Wellness in Edmonton. If you wanta more accurate depiction of how manypeople stick to their resolution, wait amonth or so. Those bustling hives ofphysical activity are a lot quieter aroundmid-February, says Theal.
One of the biggest missteps people makewhen they set a fitness goal is being toogeneral, says Theal. Blanket statementssuch as “I’m going to start going to the gymmore” aren’t as effective when they don’tinclude specific measures of successor a thoughtful analysis of the barriersthat have prevented you from gettingin shape in the past. For those who arestarting right from square one, it’s helpful to have a consultation with a fitnessprofessional to create a workout programthat’s appropriate for both your currentabilities and will help you work withinyour limitations toward achieving yourgoal. “A number-based weight goal (ie:lose 15 pounds) isn’t ineffective, but youjust want to make sure it’s realistic,” saysTheal, who notes that for the averagewoman a realistic weight-loss goal is asconservative as a one quarter-to-one half-pound per week.
As a way to stay on track, Theal says to
share your fitness goals with key people
in your life, who will celebrate them with
you, maybe by going shopping for a new
item of clothing that better fits your trim-
For fitness newbies heading to thegym, it’s important to be patient withthe post-New Year’s bustle — rememberthat attendance will settle down andyou won’t always be visiting the gym atit’s busiest. A bit more breathing roomtranslates into easier access to the gym’spros who can make sure you’re usingthe equipment correctly, decreasing thechances that you’ll develop an injury.
Of course, getting fit doesn’t start and
end in the gym. Whether it’s the finan-
cial aspect of the monthly membership
fee, a distance issue, or the simple fact
that some people are not comfortable
in that type of environment, there are
other ways to pursue a resolution to get
fit. Theal recommends signing up with
a running or walking group through
organizations like the Running Room, or
organizing lunch-hour walks with fellow
co-workers. And committing to walk
your kids to-and-from school each day
is not only a good step toward getting
in shape, but a great way to spend some
quality time together.
Whatever your plan, the importantthing is to stick with it. That isn’t easy atthe best of times, and it’s even tougher oncold winter days, when the last thing youwant to do is brave the elements and goto the gym or head outside for a walk. Inthose cases when your motivation is low,or when you’re toughing out a particularexercise that’s making you feel like youwant to give up, Theal says to draw inspiration from within. “The second you feeldifferent — maybe your pants are looser,or maybe you have more energy — payattention to those feel-goods,” she says.“Try to remember those feelings at thatmoment when it’s more painful and usethose feelings to push you forward.” a
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— Katelynn Theal, fitness consultant