STAYING FIT AND HEALTHY DURING THE HOLIDAYS

With the holidays coming up, the highlight for many people during this season is gathering with family and friends and enjoying favorite holiday treats. Here are some tips that will help you enjoy your holidays to the fullest while not increasing your waistline.

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MAKING AND KEEPING NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS

Only 8 percent of individuals achieved their resolutions in 2016, according to Statistic Brain. This is likely due to most people having unrealistic expectations about the speed, ease and consequences of the resolutions they make. People attempting self-change rarely succeed the first time; most need five or six attempts, according to a paper published in American Psychologist by Janet Polivy and Peter Herman. The authors suggest false hope syndrome is the cause for failure.

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HEALTHY HOLIDAY OPTIONS

The holidays are a wonderful time to gather with family and friends to celebrate. These celebrations often consist of many delicious treats and hardy meals. You can still maintain a healthy diet with a little thought and planning in advance. Research from a recent Web-based survey found 18 percent of people feel they cannot eat healthily during the holidays because they don’t want to miss out on their favorite foods. You can still eat the foods you enjoy this season, just in moderation.

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The trainer should find out what you want to do and help you make a practical plan to achieve your goals. “Some people want weight loss; some just want to get healthy or tone up,” said Melissa Miller of Transformation Personal Training. “Some athletes are training for bodybuilding, fitness or powerlifting competitions. Your older population is working on balance and stability. With a personal trainer, all of your workouts are going to be designed with the goals that you have in mind.”


It is best to choose a trainer who has a lot of experience and can help you exercise safely. “One of the most important things is that you will always be doing the exercise properly and effectively,” said Miller. A personal trainer will make sure your form is correct and thus ensure your safety so you don’t hurt your back or knees.


The more you tell the trainer about yourself, the better he or she can serve you. “If you have any physical limitations or injuries, surgeries or medications you take it, is important to tell your trainer,” Miller said.


Feeling responsible for showing up at the workouts can make a difference as well. “If you have someone that you are accountable to, you will reach your goals a lot

Celebrities aren’t the only ones who can utilize the expertise of personal trainers. Whether you are a beginner or advanced when it comes to fitness, there are definite advantages of seeking guidance from a personal trainer. It is even more affordable than you probably believe.


The Lexington Athletic Club lists 10 reasons for hiring a personal trainer, including motivation, consistency, safety, individualized instruction, effective workouts, supervision, sports-specific training, injury rehabilitation, special needs training and ego boosting. The club found when people make appointments with personal trainers and keep them, there is an accountability factor. Trainees will also have fewer questions about how to use exercise equipment properly. The personal trainer observes, assists and corrects when necessary. The program is tailored just for you, so no two programs will be identical.


Lexington Athletic Club also found research confirms individuals with health challenges such as diabetes, asthma, osteoporosis or heart disease benefit greatly from regular physical activity, though those conditions can make exercising safely a challenge. A personal trainer takes those special needs into consideration. As you set realistic goals for yourself and meet them, it can be exciting to add new challenges to your list and have a partner in figuring out how to reach your goals.

WORKING WITH A PERSONAL TRAINER

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Jamie Lober is a Staff Writer for Health & Wellness Magazine

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 quicker and stick to the plan because you know someone will be there talking you through everything,” said Miller.


It’s okay to shop around for a personal trainer because you want to be comfortable with him or her and create both short and long-term goals together. “The trainer is going to be skilled enough to match and adapt any program to what you need based on your goals and ability,” said Miller.


Exercising on a consistent basis does wonders for your body. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists benefits of exercise as controlling weight and reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and some cancers. Exercise strengthens your bones and muscles, improves your mental health and mood and ability to do daily activities. It will help prevent falls and increase your chances of living longer.


Trainers find it gratifying to observe drastic improvements in their clients. “We see them get stronger and lose weight,” Miller said. “We see a lot of our elderly population become able to walk up a flight of stairs without even holding on to the handrail.”


You will feel good as you achieve your health and fitness goals, and it’s an added bonus to get the positive feedback and encouragement of a trainer.