The beginning of a new year brings resolutions of all kinds - many involving the resolve to lose weight, exercise more and generally get in better physical condition. Too often those resolutions fall by the wayside in a short period of time.
Here are a couple of ways to make those resolutions last a little longer. The group approach creates a challenge and exercise buddies encourage continued participation.
Remember the Start Somewhere Walk back in early October? A whole bunch of us met at the Fareway parking lot and walked to Five Island Lake as a group. It was a gorgeous day and a great walk.
On the heels of that 5K hike, the Healthiest State Initiative has come out with 100 Days Toward Better Health. The Live Healthy Iowa - 100 Day Wellness Challenge begins Monday, Jan. 23.
Here's what the state team has to say:
Live Healthy Iowa is a team-based initiative launched by the Iowa Sports Foundation in 2001 to promote better health through positive lifestyle changes. During the annual Live Healthy Iowa - 100 Day Wellness Challenge, teams of two to ten Iowans track their weight and activity minutes and motivate each other to lose weight and improve their overall fitness. Individuals may form teams with friends, family members or colleagues. Or get together with your Start Somewhere Walk group and get registered today.
All teams will receive access to online tracking tools, training and nutrition software, a one-year magazine subscription to a national lifestyle magazine and a Live Healthy training t-shirt.
To learn about the Live Healthy Iowa program - including information on how to register - visit the Live Healthy Iowa website: www.livehealthyiowa.org
There are a couple of added incentives: visit Hy-Vee.com for a coupon to reduce the entry fee; and, to participate through employers or communities in 2012, Live?Healthy Iowa has introduced new Corporate Cup and Community Cup challenges.
Here's another option to keep those fitness resolutions: Fit &?Fun for Seniors at the Smith Wellness Center.
This is a six week program that begins Tuesday, Feb. 7. Participants will learn new types of exercise geared towards seniors that includes strength training at home, toning with free weights, walking and massage therapy. Meet every Tuesday for one of two morning sessions.
In addition, participants will receive handouts on fitness and health tips. The program begins and ends with a mini health screening to set goals and measure progress throughout the program. Fit &?Fun for Seniors is sponsored and supported by Palo Alto County Community Health Services, the Arthur and Audrey Smith Wellness Center and Northwest Aging Association. To register, call Community Health Services at 712-852-5419 before Friday, Feb. 3. Class size is limited.
These are just two options toward maintaining those resolutions to lose weight, exercise more and generally get in better physical condition. There are many more out there. So, stop procrastinating and let the workouts begin.