By Nicole DiMauro
Nicole DiMauro is the Chief Experience Officer, and Manager of m.e.l.t Fitness in Simsbury. If you are interested in trying out a m.e.l.t. session, contact Nicole@meltfitnessstudio.com.
Being a New Englander my entire life, one would think I am use to the winter season. But, in fact, I’m Not A FAN AT ALL! If it was appropriate to do as the bears do, I certainly would, and not come out until the sun was shining and the grass was green! Besides shoveling, what seemed like every weekend this season, what does one do when they dislike any activity involving snow? For many, it becomes a lot of sitting inside in a state of hibernation, possibly leading to boredom snacking and perhaps gaining a few additional L-Bs. As soon as daylight savings arrives, the realization hits that it will soon be time to shed some layers.
So…how do you get that “spring” back in your step after spending the winter as a couch potato? What type of program is right for you when there are so many out there to choose?
“I pick things up and put them down”
If your goal is to lose fat, you need to get comfortable with picking up some weights. I am not implying you need to go all “ Arnold”, however lifting weights builds muscle-the more muscle you have, the more efficient your body burns calories at rest, thus resulting in more effective fat loss. Cardio is important and serves its purpose, but adding resistance training to your routine is key. Being a queen of cardio back in the day myself, I was not seeing the results I wanted until I incorporated resistance training in my routine.
Not all workout routines are created equal. Back in the 80’s and early 90’s it was all about long drawn out sessions with little program design. Gimmicks like the “Thigh Master” or more recently the “Shake Weight” were invented to create revenue, not necessarily results. Fast-forward to today and you will see more high intensity interval training, or HIIT, where you workout at a high intensity for your fitness level, with short rest periods, for a certain amount of sets. This type of programming results in a serious metabolic effect, creating results that increase your respiratory and muscular endurance, and crush calories even after you workout. With this type of training you get a bigger bang for your buck!!
“I’ve got friends in low places…”
Being a Fitness Professional, I am way more motivated in a community. Call me a pack animal, I like having people around me to hold me accountable, giving me an extra push, and making me smile while I get my fitness on. Finding a workout buddy, or a community-training environment, may be the key to getting you to your goals.
“I may be as slow as a turtle in peanut butter”
When I first started running again, after I had my son, I got very discouraged by how long it took me to even get in a mile. It took a lot for me to step back and realize I needed to stop focusing on my time and start embracing my progress I was making. You have to start somewhere and I promise if you keep at it, you will always get better! So, even if that means you walk more than you run, or you start with pushups on the wall instead of the floor, WHO CARES!! You are taking action and starting to invest in your health. That is WINNING in my book!
So what are you waiting for? Next Spring? It is never too late to get back after it, or even started for that matter. Don’t know where to start? Connect with a program that offers support, accountability and can start you off appropriately for your fitness level. Focus on your progress not perfection; a small step forward is still forward! Set small goals and lots of them! When you have something to work towards, it will help keep you focused. And last, don’t forget how awesome you are
and that you deserve your health and happiness 🙂