by Tiffany Schultz
To find out what’s trending in fashion, music, or pop culture, all you have to do is turn to your teenager…or Bravo TV. But if you are looking to make good on some of your New Year’s resolutions, we’ve done the leg work for you. According to a recent article by Walter R. Thompson, PhD, FACSM and the annual American College of Sports Medicine’s survey on fitness, here’s what you need to be “in the know”:
1. Personal Training
If you are not seeing the results you’d like, you may want to jump on the personal training bandwagon. With more students majoring in kinesiology, as well as better credentialing for personal trainers, odds are you will get what you need from either a one-on-one session or a more cost-effective group training session. Gio's Balanced Fitness in Naperville, www.giosbfit.com, Vaughan Athletic Center in Aurora, www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org, LIFETIME Fitness in Burr Ridge and Warrenville, www.lifetimefitness.com.
2. Exercise and Weight Loss
In addition to nutrition, exercise is KEY in a proper weight loss program. Days of “I just want to be skinny” are a thing of the past as all of us are realizing that being fit is just as, if not more, important in weight loss and long-term weight control. Cadence Fitness & Health Center in Geneva, www.cadencefitness.org/, Synergy Medical Weight Loss in Woodridge, www.synergymedicalweightloss.com.
Based on ancient tradition, yoga utilizes a series of specific body postures practiced not only for relaxation, but for health. Many forms exist today, including power, Yogalates, bikram, ashtanga, and vinyasa. All are perfect for taking a much-needed deep breath after the holiday season. 26hot: Bikram Yoga in Glen Ellyn, www.26hot.com/, Greenleaf Yoga in St. Charles, www.greenleafyogastudio.com, Power Yoga on Main in Downers Grove, www.poweryogaonmain.com.
4. Fitness Programs for Older Adults
Hooray for today’s seniors – they are more active than ever! So as baby boomers age into retirement, many health and fitness professionals (as well as a lot of our area park districts) are creating age-appropriate fitness programs to keep them healthy and active. Oswegoland Park District, www.oswegoland parkdistrict.org, Glen Ellyn Park District,
5. Wellness Coaching
Wellness coaching is a relatively new term and typically combines a one-on-one approach, similar to a personal trainer. Wellness coaching offers support, guidance, and encouragement in all areas of life and includes nutrition, fitness, stress reduction, and lifestyle counseling. The focus here: the client’s values, needs, vision, and goals! Advantage Wellness Clinic in Wheaton, www.advantagewellnessclinic.com, Genuine Care Health & Wellness Center in Westmont, www.westmontchiropracticcare.com/, Perceptive Wellness Health Coaching in Wheaton, www.perceptivewellness.com.
6. Children and Exercise
Childhood and adolescent obesity continues to be a major health issue because of its association with medical issues such as diabetes and hypertension. Good health habits are learned young – the new year is the perfect time to get kids moving again! Edwards Health & Fitness Center at Seven Bridges in Woodridge, www.edward.org/fitness, My Gym Children's Fitness Center in Wheaton, www.mygym.com/wheaton, Sugar Grove Park District, www.sugargroveparkdistrict.org.
7. Boot Camp
This high-intensity military-style training includes cardiovascular, strength, endurance, and flexibility drills. If you are looking for a heart-pumping, action-packed workout, put your Team Gillian T-shirt on (and your big girl panties) and sign up! Total Energy Fitness in Downers Grove, www.totalenergybootcamp.com/, Heaven & Hell Bootcamp in Yorkville, www.heavenandhellyorkville.com, Wow Fitness Bootcamp in St. Charles, www.wowfitnessbootcamp.com.
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