Stay Fit in the New Year

A popular New Year’s resolution is to lose weight or get in better shape. But how do you make it a permanent lifestyle change?

Dave Dick and Kara Mason, personal trainers at the Kroehler Family YMCA, follow an ever-changing workout plan that keeps them on their toes.

“I’m training to do a half-marathon so I thought I’d really challenge myself in a new area of fitness with really pushing myself with the cardiovascular portions of my workouts,” said Mason.

“I do about 60 percent weight training and 40 percent cardiovascular,” said Dick, who has been lifting weights since age 13. “At this point, having done this stuff a long time, I change my workouts up every month.”

The difference between the average American and personal trainers like Mason and Dick is that they know no other way.

“It’s really a way of life; it’s an everyday commitment,” said Mason. “You have to come in everyday with a fitness priority.”

For those who find their way into a gym as part of their New Year’s resolution, Mason and Dick suggest having realistic goals and not to forget about a good diet.

“You can’t outwork a bad diet, and you can’t get a good workout without a good diet,” said Mason. “They definitely go hand-in-hand.”

“You don’t have to wake up one day and say, ‘I’m going to exercise six days a week for an hour a day and I’m going to change my diet completely,’” said Dick. “Start small and build on that.”

There also shouldn’t be a big difference between workouts of men and women, regardless of age.

“Usually men are a little stronger in the upper body and women are stronger in the lower body,” said Mason. “It’s important to offset that natural balance by women concentrating a little bit more on their upper body [and] men on the lower body.”

Above all else, the two promote consistency as the key to success.

“Every workout isn’t going to be your best workout, but as long as you’re coming in consistently, you’re going to see results just from doing that,” said Mason.
“Grab on to whatever hits you first,” said Dick. “Sometimes it’s somebody mentioning something that looks like you’ve been doing something. Sometimes it’s an extra loop in your belt.”

With these tips, a fitness-based New Year’s resolution may be easier to maintain.

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