Keep Those New Year’s Resolutions

An estimated 45-50 percent of Americans made resolutions earlier in the month, because we all saw an opportunity for a fresh start.  We hoped to become healthier and “better” people in the New Year.  More than 37 percent of us will have given up by March 1 and more than half by the end of June.

According to a recent survey the Top Ten New Year’s Resolutions for 2011 are:

1. Spend More Time with Family & Friends

2. Fit in Fitness

3. Tame the Bulge

4. Quit Smoking

5. Enjoy Life More

6. Quit Drinking

7. Get Out of Debt

8. Learn Something New

9. Help Others

10. Get Organized

The Y can help you achieve the majority of the top 10 resolutions. Now more than ever, with the added stress to family life, as a result of the economic downturn, it’s important to make sure exercise is part of our daily routines.  Research has proven again and again the important role of exercise in combating stress and reducing the symptoms of depression and anxiety which can cause smoking and drinking.  Even moderate physical activity can produce mood-boosting endorphins, clear the mind, improve focus and positively affect blood pressure and other symptoms of stress which will allow you to enjoy life more.

The YMCA knows a lot about staying healthy in “spirit, mind and body” and offers these suggestions to make physical activity a priority and help you achieve your healthy living resolutions in 2011:

  • Keep it manageable. To stay on track, focus on only three resolutions.
  • Make an “exercise transition” between work and family time. Take a short walk after work or before kids get home from school to clear away the stress of the day and get a positive boost.
  • Find an enjoyable physical activity that requires some mental focus to steer the mind away from worries – a pick up game of basketball, swimming laps in the pool, an indoor cycling class or joining your kids in the climbing center.
  • Don’t be too ambitious, but stick to it. With exercising—or other resolutions—start with an easily achievable goal and work up to a regular routine. As you become more physically conditioned, you’ll be able to gently increase your intensity level by picking up the pace or adding new goals to your routine.
  • Vary your resolutions, not focusing solely on the body. Maintain your emotional health as well by volunteering an hour per week, reading a book a month, writing a friend or family member.
  • Line up a support network. Accomplishing your goal can be easier with the support of family, friends and coworkers. And tell them how they can help!
  • Visit your local YMCA for a variety of affordable membership options and activities for everyone in the family.

“And remember,” says Roxanne Davis, YMCA North Group Marketing Director, “Now more than ever, it’s important to make sure exercise is part of our daily routine and focus on your health & well-being. The key to success is confidence. Goals are accomplished through a series of small steps and the hardest step to take is the first one.  Perseverance and commitment to change are the key elements to turning resolutions into reality.  At the YMCA, we’re here to help you keep your New Year’s Resolutions all year long.”

The help available at the YMCA includes Y Personal Fitness, an 8 week program designed specifically to meet your own personal needs and goals. If you are new to exercise or if you have a difficult time sticking with an exercise program, Y Personal Fitness is specially designed for you. As a participant you will receive:

– Four appointments with a YMCA Personal Fitness Coach

– Develop and maintain a more active lifestyle that meets your own personal needs and goals

– Receive individual instruction on the use of the cardiovascular equipment and strength training equipment.

– Learn how to become successful by starting off at the right level and becoming committed through the routine of a structured but manageable program.

Also available is FitLinxx, an interactive fitness program that takes the guess work out of exercise. Why get linked to FitLinxx?

–          Tracks range of motion to ensure each repetition is effective

–          Tracks your progress making for a successful workout program

–          Records the # of repetitions completed

–          Records how much weight you are lifting

In addition, the YMCA offers personal fitness consultation, weight management programs for adults and kids, small group fitness classes, large group fitness classes, water exercise, nutritional counseling, small group training classes, nutrition seminars, and much more for all ages, all levels of fitness and  for all interests.

YMCA’s have been helping families and individuals grow in spirit, mind and body for more than 160 years, both in good times and challenging times. The YMCA is committed to being available to all, regardless of financial resources, striving to turn no one away for inability to pay. For more information on YMCA Membership and current promotion, Healthy Living programs, Youth Development Programs and Financial Assistance,  please call 281-367-9622 or stop by the South Montgomery County YMCAs, located at 6145 Shadowbend Place, 8100 Ashlane Way and 6464 Creekside Forest in The Woodlands. For families living in the Conroe area, please call 936-441-9622 or visit your local Conroe YMCA located at 10245 Owen Drive.

Refresh, Renew, Rediscover. Join the Y in 2011. The Y is a non-profit like no other. Be a member of something special.

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Chuck Briese, Oak Ridge Now

[avatar user="cbriese" size="thumbnail" align="left"] Chuck Briese has been a resident of South Montgomery County since 1988. He and his lovely and patient wife, Leslie, have six sons, with only one left to finish high school. Chuck has been a Cub Scout leader, a Little League baseball coach, a church youth leader, and a general troublemaker over the course of the past 25 years. He is obsessed with his lawn, and likes restaurants that serve food that fills up the plate. He has a tendency to tilt at windmills, which may explain why he started Oak Ridge Now.

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