Stories from the NFCCA Newsletter, the “Northwood News”

Northwood News ♦ December 2011

Fitness Fun

Feel Great in 2012:  New Year’s Resolution Must-Do Tips!

By Valerie Merriweather

Have you made your 2012 health and fitness goals yet?  Start your New Year off right by using the BALANCE acrostic I developed.

B — Begin.  Begin your program!  As obvious as that sounds, starting an exercise program is half the battle.  Remember, there’s always a reason to put it off; don’t do it!

A — Accept.  Accept the fact that your life is different.  If you have increased work responsibilities, family demands, and long commutes, you’ll have to do a workout that fits your life and gets you moving on a regular basis.  This may mean working out early in the morning or during your lunch break at work.

L — Learn.  Learn creative ways to incorporate more activity into your day.  Learn proper form to improve your workouts and enrich your daily life.  Proper form will prevent future injury — a necessity as you age!

A — Adjust.  Adjust your workouts so you’re not doing the same thing over and over.  Your body needs a new challenge every 4–12 weeks, depending on your fitness goals and schedule.

N — Non-negotiable.  Exercise has to be non-negotiable.  Studies show that regular exercise reduces stress, prevents insomnia, and increases your metabolism.  Look for creative ways to exercise — play with the kids for 30 minutes, jump rope for 15 minutes.  Everything you do makes a difference!

C — Challenge.  Challenge yourself on a regular basis.  Start a new class or an activity that you’ve always wanted to try.  Challenge yourself physically and you’ll benefit mentally; studies prove that exercise is a great brain workout!

E — Expectation.  Expect great things!  If you start off by thinking of the rewards of a healthier lifestyle, your motivation will improve and you’ll see the results in your clothes, the scale, and your overall attitude.

[Valerie Merriweather, MHA, ACE, NASM is Chief Executive Officer of Fitwell Training Solutions, a personal training and wellness company specializing in the health and fitness needs of families.  She lives on Playford Lane in the Forest Knolls community.  Valerie can be reached at]   ■

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