Below is an article that I wrote that was featured in Dr. Kevin Shimizu DC's quarterly article. You can find the full article here: http://www.chiro-shimizu.com/ns/spring11_en.pdf
For those that are into golf, there is a great article in there about how proper footwear may help you speed up your swing!
GET FIT SPRING 2011!
It's time again to work off those winter pounds and get ready for summer. In this article, I will provide you with some suggestions to help you get started on the right foot.
Suggestion #1: Write down realistic goals
The first thing you want to do is to write down couple of goals. Divide this into short term, mid term and long term. Short term may be something you want to accomplish within the month. Mid term is anywhere between the next two to five months. Finally, long term will be from 6 months to this time again next year. Make sure the goals you set are realistic and attainable.
Suggestion #2: Seek out various fitness events taking place in your community
Most of us gain motivation by being around others that have and display common goals, so try seeking out various fitness events that are taking place in your community and choose a couple to participate in. Some examples of these events include the Sun Run, The Vancouver Marathon, and various bike races. Deciding to take part in these events also creates a goal for
you to work towards.
Suggestion #3: If a large crowd is not your thing, look to conquer various local hiking trails
We are fortunate to live here in Vancouver with unlimited numbers of hiking trails with varying degrees of difficulty. For example, the Grouse Grind is a popular hike in the summer. This is a hike up Grouse Mountain and for most people it takes approximately an hour to reach the top. Another one I personally like is the Baden Powell trail that starts in Deep Cove in
North Vancouver. This trail actually extends from Deep Cove all the way to Horseshoe Bay. However, there are many turning points that you can go to and come back depending on how long you want to go for. For those that are athletes, this is a good trail to build endurance. There is a large rock overlooking Deep Cove that you can jog to and back in about
Suggestion #4: Find a fitness program that meets your needs
Two main choices here is to join a group workout or to hire a personal trainer. Group workouts are great in that you work out with people with similar goals. When deciding on which group workout to join, I recommend you go observe a couple of sessions. It is important to observe how much attention the instructor pays to encourage correct form. Remember that
working out is important, but correct form is equally as important to prevent injury.
If you would like more personalized instruction, I would recommend hiring a personal trainer. Personal trainers will make a note of your goals, assess your current fitness level and design a workout menu specifically to meet your demands.