Resolve to meet fitness goals in 2017

Dec 29, 2016

After a six-month hiatus from his workout routine, Joe McKee is back on the treadmill. 

“This is my second day here,” McKee, 50, said while walking on a recent afternoon at the Schaumburg Park District’s Community Recreation Center. “I want to be in shape and lose some pounds.”

Many people share the Streamwood resident’s sentiment in the weeks leading up to January—a time when New Year’s resolutions are at the forefront. The District often sees an uptick in new fitness memberships between October and January.

“There is no time like the present to start a new fitness routine,” said Alyssa Tesnow, fitness supervisor for the Schaumburg Park District. “All our facilities feature new updates and the latest equipment.”

Incorporating exercise into an already overscheduled life can make even the most ambitious lose motivation. Tesnow suggests taking simple steps toward becoming more fit and celebrating small improvements. Frequent visitors to the CRC fitness center agree.

“I don’t set unrealistic goals,” said Maria Swift, 52, who works out five days a week. “I just try to maintain a good fitness routine throughout the year.”

Swift, of Schaumburg, tries to do at least an hour of exercise daily, starting first with strength training, followed by 20 to 30 minutes of cardio. She’s lost 12 pounds.

Coaches and personal trainers can help provide the guidance and inspiration needed to reach fitness goals, Tesnow said. The district's seven trainers offer private and semiprivate sessions.

 “There are numerous ways to incorporate fitness into your life,” Tesnow said. “The only way it will really stick though is if you find something you like. It will also make the time pass more quickly.”

Tesnow also recommends exercising first thing in the morning. It’s a strategy Armando Gonzalez of Schaumburg employs.

“I’m here when the CRC opens at 5 a.m.,” said Gonzalez, 50. “That gives me a full hour of working out. It’s great.”

Group fitness classes and boot camps are expected to be popular in 2017, as people look for more fun, on the go workouts, Tesnow said. Among the District’s newer classes following this trend are Pound: Drumming Extreme and TRX Suspension Training. A lunchtime Indoor Cycling class on Fridays at STP allows patrons to enjoy a quick workout in the middle of the day. The District also offers a variety of drop-in class options to fit busy schedules.

 “I work out because it makes me feel good,” said Stefania Pulido, 18, of Schaumburg. “If I don’t exercise regularly, I don’t feel like myself.”

To help start 2017 off right, upcoming fitness specials include:

  • Personal training sessions at CRC, Meineke and Schaumburg Tennis Plus are 15 percent off in January.
  • Annual Schaumburg Park District fitness center memberships are 20 percent off for new members with a coupon available in the winter program guide.

Annual fitness membership packages include:

  • CRC and MRC fitness centers | $200 per person for residents; $306 per person for non-residents.
  • MRC fitness center (Standard fitness) | $142 per person for residents; $249 per person for non-residents.
  • STP fitness/racquetball | $298 per person for residents; $444 per person for non-residents.
  • STP fitness/racquetball and tennis | $383 per person for residents; $543 per person for non-residents.

(Youth and senior rates also are available.)

Top five ways to keep New Year’s fitness resolutions

  • Set smart, realistic goals. You can’t go wrong by setting small, measurable goals. For example: “I will work out for 30 minutes at 7 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.” Smaller, specific goals are easier to stick to and pave the way for success.
  • Track your progress. Whether you opt for a fancy exercise journal, a high tech activity tracker such as a Fit Bit or a plain old notebook, keeping tabs on your goals and progres is a great motivator.
  • Find something you love. If walking on a treadmill isn’t your speed, find a fun group fitness class you enjoy that will keep you coming back. From drumming and dance to boot camps and TRX, there’s a workout for every fitness taste.
  • Make a commitment. Resolve to make 2017 the year you register for a 5K or fitness challenge. The extra accountability needed to prepare for races and events can make you more likely to achieve your fitness goals.
  • Wake up, work out. Early birds may have the right idea—at least when it comes to fitness. Getting your workout done first thing in the morning makes you less likely to skip it after a busy day.

Source: Alyssa Tesnow, Schaumburg Park District fitness supervisor 

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