Monday, September 6, 2010

Let's Get Started!

September is a great month for a lifestyle change! With daily routines setting in, we are easily able to map out when to eat and our best times to work out. The weather is on our side this month with comfortable temperatures allowing us to walk, run, or bike outside at almost any time of day. Need help to get you started? Check out This link will take you to almost all of the charity runs/walks in NJ. Keep your eyes open for posters up in your downtown area for local runs/walks too. Gyms also hold charity events where non-members are welcome to take a class for a small fee, which goes to a designated charity. The exercise benefits you and the money you raise benefits others. I can't think of a better way to get motivated!

After you pick out which run/walks you'll be participating in, it's time to figure out your personal workout schedule. First, figure out your availability. What days and times fit your schedule best? When that is done, pick out what you like to do the best. Is it running, strength training, yoga, Zumba? Even if you don't belong to a gym, there are many private studios that offer classes without a membership fee. Remember to keep variety in your workouts. At least 30 minutes of cardio should be done everyday, but don't forget about strength training. Two to three times a week is needed to develop and maintain lean tissue, which will burn double the calories than fat tissue even at rest.

Next think about what classes might interest you. Perhaps some friends are trying the new Bar Method or Core Fusion classes. Why not give it a try and see if it's for you? I always suggest trying a class two or three times, and with different instructors, before deciding you don't like it.
Last but not least, let's not forget stretching. Stretching is important for muscles to stay pliable, especially with chillier temperatures on their way. Before you work out, walk for a few minutes at a low to medium intensity, then do some light stretches before breaking into high intensity cardio or strength training (this goes for classes too). Stretching after a workout is most important! This creates a permanent elongation of the muscle. If you are in a group fitness class that does not stretch afterwards or does not stretch enough, take a minute or two to continue stretching after class, concentrating on the hip, glutes, and hamstrings.

Now it's your turn! Tell the Body by Kelly community what charities you'll be running or walking for this fall. Also tell us what your favorite classes are, both new and old.