Don’t Sweat Your New Year’s Resolution
It goes without saying that as soon as New Year’s Day arrives, the gym is packed
with those addicted to making weight-loss resolutions but not addicted to
retaining them. Dr. Vicci Hill-Lombardi, a seasoned athlete who has competed in
two marathons and four half-iron triathlons, knows just the right tips to
turning those resolutions into realities.
- Ask yourself if your goal is weight loss, fitness or both.
realistic weight loss goal is no more that 15% of your current body weight and
is more easily attainable with a good diet plan combined with increased activity
- Begin an exercise plan (if okay with your physician) that is
interesting and fun to you. Be sure to start out slowly and build up gradually.
For example, if you’ve never ran more than 5 miles in your life, don’t expect to
be able to do so right away. Start out walking, then walk with intermittent
bouts of jogging for a few minutes at a time, gradually increasing the time
spent jogging and decreasing the time spent walking.
- Join a gym to have
easy access a vast array of equipment and the expertise of the staff. Variety of
exercises and intensities will help to stimulate fitness gains.
- Find a
workout buddy. You’re less likely to bail out on your fitness plan if someone
else is depending upon you.
- Invest in appropriate workout gear. This
includes footwear, tops and bottoms.
- Be sure to rest adequately and reward
yourself for your achievements – no matter how big or how small!
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