December 28, 2010

It’s a new year and a new opportunity to be in your best health. The Y has some great tips to help you achieve your goals. Stay on track. Your health is worth it. And we can promise you’ll feel better.

  • Exercises for weight loss – find a balance between cardio and strength activities.
  • To eat or not to eat – to get the most out of your workout, provide your body with the right fuel at the right time.
  • Just do it – set a date to start exercising and stick to it.
  • Striving toward the goal of a healthier lifestyle should be considered a new way of living, not a short term plan.
  • To stop the deterioration of muscle, incorporate progressive resistance training into your exercise regime.
  • Protein Power – an insufficient supply of calories limits the amount of muscle we can build.
  • Set realistic health goals.
  • If you are short on time, choose resistance training done in a circuited fashion.
  • If you need a quick meal, consider a frozen entrée rather than a hamburger and French fries.
  • Stretch and de-stress.
  • Variety is the spice of life… and the same applies to your exercise plan.
  • Exercise and blood pressure – by exercising on a regular basis and eating well, blood pressure should naturally come down in time eliminating the need to be on medications.
  • Find a friend, spouse, neighbor or co-worker to workout with you.
  • One of the most helpful tools for weight loss is food record keeping.
  • A great way to manage diabetes or lower your blood sugar if it is elevated is to perform strength exercises 2-3 times per week.
  • Every time you exercise you are giving your body a dose of preventive medicine.
  • Say no to crunches and sit-ups; instead focus your ab work on spine stabilizing exercises.
  • Shrink your waistline by expending more calories than you take in – know what you are eating, perform resistance training that moves your entire body and do higher intensity interval style cardio.
  • Mother really does know best… sit up straight.
  • Cardio Interval Training provides a great cardio workout, and enables you to burn more fat.
  • Drink water and boost flexibility.