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New Year’s Resolutions: Get Fit and Healthy at the Y!

Start 2016 off on the right foot with the help of your YMCA.

By: Teresa Zacharias

A recent survey of more than 1,000 Canadians conducted by reveals that 82% of Canadians have made a New Year’s resolution at some point in their life. The top resolutions for 2015 were eating healthier and getting in shape. A new addition to the top resolutions was reducing stress; something that the first two can assist with. This means we should be taking some time to focus on relaxing and taking care of ourselves!

So how do you set and achieve a resolution to be healthier? The key to success is setting small, attainable goals, which require baby steps towards an obtainable goal. So if you break it down and make small steady changes then you will feel more successful.

Here are some tips that will help you get fitter and healthier in 2016:

Be realistic

Strive for a goal that is attainable and measureable. Being realistic and knowing what it is you truly want to achieve will help. A YMCA personal trainer can help you get a clear understanding of what is possible and how to reach your goals.

Have a plan — and a back-up one

Once you’ve set your realistic and measurable goal, think about what’s involved in keeping that goal. Be sure to schedule exercise into your calendar. Your plan should also include a backup plan, should something keep you from your activity. For example, if snow keeps you from attending a class at the YMCA, then have a home exercise DVD as a back-up.

Use the buddy system

Having an exercise partner is a good way to get both encouragement and inspiration from someone as well as stops the excuses when you just don’t feel like getting off the couch to go the gym.

Don’t let getting off track make you feel like a failure

Don’t have an all-or-nothing attitude. No one is perfect so missing exercising once in a while is fine. Just make sure that you get back into your routine again as soon as you can. If you’re skipping exercise on a regular basis, then it could be that you need motivation. YMCA personal trainers can help you revise your program so you can continue to reach your goals.

Be sure to revise your plan as needed

If your original plan isn’t working, it could be for several reasons such as setting your goal too high or too low. You may not enjoy the activity you choice as much as you thought. Don’t hop off the exercise wagon because of it. Just change the course you’ve set and try something else.

Start at a level that is comfortable to you

If you go all out and end up hurting and aching more than you should, it could make you dread going back. Start with a workout of about 20 minutes but don’t exceed an hour. Your workout should consist of a variety of exercises — and don’t forget to warm up first and stretch last.

A YMCA Wellness Coach is able to help you – they are able to set you up on a program using Fitlinxx, which will assist in keeping you safe and track your progress.

Vary your exercises

Do a group fitness class at the YMCA one day then the Cross Trainer on another so your body gets a variety and the most from the time you are spending doing cardiovascular activity. Try to change your weight routine as well by adding a rep, weight, or set every four to six weeks.

Give your health and fitness plan 3 months

Force yourself to go to the gym religiously the first three months of your fitness program. It takes that long to see results and if you keep that firmly in your mind, you’ll be more inclined to stick with it. Remember why you started and keep reminding yourself.

The YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka can help you reach your fitness and health goals. YMCA personal trainers are skilled professionals able to create a plan to help you reach your fitness goals. The YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka offers over 50 classes that include cycling, boot camp, Gravity (core and strength), Yoga, On The Move (for seniors) and Group Power (weight lifting in group setting). There are also a variety of aqua fitness classes, and health specific (heart, lung, and mobility) programs. Our paid programs continue to be popular with LeHIIT (strength and conditioning), Fuel Camp (nutrition), Pilates, Qi Gong, T.I.M.E., Fitness Kickboxing, and LeAthlete (sport conditioning inspired) offering unique approaches to fitness and health.

Child minding at the YMCA

The child minding room is open during class times for your younger children to have a safe, supervised area to play. YMCA staff are CPR and First Aid certified and have criminal background checks. You can work out and have the peace of mind that your child is having fun and learning new skills in a safe and nurturing environment. Working out has never been easier!

See you at the Y!

Please visit our website for more information about our classes, personal trainers and ideas on how to get fit and healthy in the New Year.

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