After this past holiday season, like most other college students, I realized I had gained some “winter insulation.” Not happy with these extra pounds I had gained, I decided it was time to make a change. Not a New Year’s Resolution, (because we all know those don’t work), but a lifestyle change. I wanted to be back to the person I was in high school – loving gym class, being active, and having to work really hard to keep my heart rate up – unlike now. I wanted to feel comfortable in my own skin again.
To help me do this, I attended the Health Fair sponsored by HMU on January 12. At this health fair, I signed up for a semester-long exercise program called “Beaver Fit.” Through this program, I will be able to attend fitness and nutrition classes free of charge such as: Rock Climbing, Kettlebell, Belly Dancing, Plyometrics, Weight Lifting, Judo, Yoga, Water Aerobics, Stability Toning, and Methods to Better Nutrition. Along with these classes, I will be getting periodic Body Assessment checks to track my progress. These assessments will chart my height/weight, waist/hip measurements, and skin fold (pretty sweet right?).
To keep me motivated through this program, I will have a support system of about 40 others. We will all be tracking our workouts and will obtain points for each workout session. At the end, prizes will be awarded to the top point holders and someone will be named the “Best Dam Beaver,” the person who made dramatic differences to improve their lifestyle and has put in the most effort to reach their fitness goal.
So my challenge to you is to make your own fitness goal. Grab a friend and just do it. It doesn’t have to be drastic right away. You can slowly work yourself into it. To help you out, I have provided a link to the American Heart Association’s webpage, which provides the top 10 tips for starting a physical activity program.
I will also be posting the progress I make, along with videos of the workouts done in Beaver Fit so you can try them at home. Leave a comment to tell me about your workout strategy.