For many of us, New Year's resolutions inevitably involve some element of working out, losing weight, getting fit or dieting.
To help shed those holiday pounds and meet your 2013 fitness goals, Patch sought out advice from gyms and trainers around the San Francisco Bay Area to bring you a new fitness tip daily for the first two weeks of January. Be sure to check back each day for a fresh bit of guidance, and add your own recommendations in the comment section below.
Saturday, Jan. 5
Have a series of goals. Something that is a little daunting, a challenge, but obtainable. Progress your exercise and training toward that goal. The goal can also be a reward (such as train for a bicycle trip/adventure, or train for a half marathon in a fun location). Without a destination, consistency is tough.
—via Matt Dixon, founder, purplepatch fitness
Friday, Jan. 4
If you want to lose weight, place your workout time to fit your schedule. Working out at the time of day that is conducive to your lifestyle will lead to consistency, which in turn will lead to success.
—via Robert and Ramona Pursley (CPT) Functional Interval Strength Training, Aptos
Thursday, Jan. 3:
Incorporate resistance training into your exercise routine: Strength training, by definition, is a concerted effort to use resistance or weights to work a muscle group.
-via Diana and Mike Inglis, founders, Empowered Fitness, Half Moon Bay
Wednesday, Jan. 2:
Diet: most people get fat not from eating fat but from eating carbohydrates (pasta, bread). Over the past 19 years, the folks at Powerhouse Gym have found that eating protein meals is the best diet for most everyone.
Here's a sample menu:
- Breakfast: egg whites
- Lunch: tuna, no bread
- Dinner- chicken, fish or even beef with rice and salad. No sugar, no salt, no alcohol.
—via Rob Suelflohn owner Powerhouse Gym, Redwood City
Tuesday, Jan. 1
Use a pedometer. Pedometers can help monitor your daily steps. Studies have indicated that you should try to take 10,000 steps per day (equal to walking 5 miles) but the average sedentary person only takes 1,000 to 3,000 steps daily. Hitting that 10K mark is a great way to jumpstart your physical activity in the 2013.
— via Rachael Dixon, sport psychology consultant
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