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HOGANSVR HOME NEWS - FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2009 1 PAGE 7 I For those wh fitness fanatics, getting n shape is a goal to strive for. Though rates of overweight and obesity are high, society has a:so grown increasingly health-conscious in the last 10-20 years, as the grow~ ing number of gyms and other fitness centers can attest. Still, for those hoping to shed a few extra pounds, the first step toward doing so can be the hard- est. Many instantly think of the oft-intimidating nature of the local gym, where muscular fit- ness enthusiasts dominate the landscape. However, getting fit does not have to include weight training. While weight training can be a valuable means to get healthier and shedding pounds, there are a host of other exer- cise options that can lead to very positive results. * Spinning. Spinning is a pop- ular and valuable alternative exercise option. However, because it can be so demanding, spinning can be a tough routine Arguably the most difficult thing about losing weight isn't losing the weight itself, but keeping it off once it's been lost. Those who have struggled with their weight often admit their weight fluctuates regu- larly, illustrating the struggle that maintaining a healthy weight can present. for those making a lifestyle change. Once you've gotten into an exercise groove, spinning might be something to explore. Often set to aggressive, pulsat- ing music, spinning involves rid- ing a stationary bike through demanding courses featuring hills and other difficult terrain. * Aqua aerobics. For those who enjoy time in the pool, see if your gym offers an aqua aer- obics class. This might not be as readily available at most gyms as spinning classes are, as lots of gyms don't even have pools. For those who love swimming, look for a gym that does have a pool, and chances are, that gym will offer some derivation of aqua aerobics which consists of intense cardio movements mixed with some strength train- ing. The chief benefit of a good aqua aerobics workout is that it pilates classes is now so great that many gyms offer classes several times per day. Not unlike yoga, pilates is both a physical and mental exercise. The exer- es themselves Can be quite demanding, focusing on stretch- inn and breathing that strength- ens the abdominal core. * Abdominals. Few people 16ok at3heir abs and don't think ,they co d use some work. That said, nearly every gym offers a class focusing strictly on abdom- inal exercises. These usually range anywhere between 15 and 30 minutes in length. Anything longer than that might cause painful and unnecessary muscle strain, so beware of ab classes that might be longer than 30 min- " utes, especiallyff you've only recently gotten back into exer- cise. will work all your muscle groups * Fusion. For those who sub- with low impact on joints -- mak- scribe to the idiom that "variety inn it ideal for seniors, is the spice of life," fusion class- es (also known as total body con- While every person is dif- ferent, there are ways to keep type of physical activity best when you eat, what you're eat- weight off, and many of them suits each individual and each inn and why you're eating is a are relatively minor. What lifestyle. Initially, you should gdod means to discovering just these methods all have in com- work your way up to regular what your eating habits are and mon is the commitment level aerobic exercise, such as brisk determining if they are healthy they require. Making a long- walking, jogging or swimming, or not term commitment to each of since it is a key factor in achiev- the following changes can not inn permanent weight loss and * Remember the value of only help lose weight, but keep improving health. For maxi- balance when planning a diet. that weight off as well. mum benefits, most healthMorn, Dad and no doubt school experts recommend exercising teachers extolled the virtues of Closely monitor fat and 30 minutes or more on most, a balanced diet, and for good Urgent |ale kcuatlenal Medicine No Appointment Needed Urgent Care Work Injuries Travel Immunizations i!~i~i!ili'iiiiiiiii;!~i i~iiiiii!ill iiiiii!i!iii! iiiiiiiiiii!i iiiii~ill ~,~,~ classes are a combination of other classes. Because they com- bine so many different elements, these classes tend [o run a little longer in length, oftentimes exceeding an hour in length. The benefit of these is that they build up your cardiovascular as well as muscular strength. * Yoga. Arguably no alterna- tive exercise class is more wide- ly known than yoga. A centuries- old Hindu discipline aimed at promoting control over the body and mind, gaclasses are offered at nearly every gym or fitness center across the coun- try. Much of yoga is concerned stronger, more balanced, : focused, and flexible. If you're " looking for a non-competitive i environment where you can. : move at your own pace, this might be the best workout pro- gram f9r you. , * Pilates. The popularity of ditioning) classes could be the perfect fit. That's because such with helpingyou become ,ii sugar intake. Reduce consump- and preferably all, days of the reason. Don't forget the five Cawary tion of foods high in fat and week. good groups (milk, meat; fruit, sugar, or substitute with ; vegetable, bread) when plan- ::" reduced-calorie and reduced- * Be aware of.your eating ning a diet. If you have a spe- fat foods and beverages. The habits. 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