February is a great time to re-evaluate your new health and fitness goals and see how you’re doing. If you are right on track, CONGRATULATIONS! For those of us who have fallen off the resolution wagon, our fitness professionals are here to offer some tips.
HEIDI, Personal Trainer and Aquatics Program Coordinator: "I always say, get in the pool! Swimming is an awesome physical activity and you can keep getting better at it and more efficient over time. There are a lot of good reasons to use the pool. It is great for anyone with lower body impairments of any kind. Just by walking, lunging and squatting in water with the help of buoyancy you can become stronger, more flexible and functionally fit. Even floating is beneficial. It is relaxing and allows the body to loosen up and stretch, it takes pressure off of the body like nothing else and it’s totally cool! And the best part? The hot tub will be waiting to reward your hard work!
CHERYL, Registered Dietitian: Did you set some lofty nutrition health goals this year and are having trouble getting motivated to sticking to them? Step back and take a breath. Pick one favorite nutrition task. Example: How about adding 1/2 cup more vegetables each day. Maybe you can do this two days this week. Work on that one task for two weeks. Then pick another one and add it for the next two weeks.
JODIE, Fitness and Children’s Program Instructor: You don’t have to do it "perfectly" every day. You can miss a day at the gym, or have fries with your lunch. Every day is a new opportunity to start fresh and a small step back is NEVER a reason to give up. The gym is a great place to get re-motivated!
STEPHANIE LABBE (2016 Olympic Bronze Medalist, Canadian Women’s National Soccer Team): #1. Get a buddy. Accountability is key, and if you have a buddy they will keep you accountable. You don’t want to let them down, and at the same time, it’s always more fun getting sweaty or cooking up a healthy feast with a friend.
#2. Plan ahead. Make a weekly schedule of meals, workouts, etc and stick to it as much as possible. We all know life happens and things may get shifted, but having a plan will keep you on track.
A healthy, active lifestyle is not a one-size-fits-all journey. Pick and choose what works for you, and always remember to celebrate your achievements!
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