By Guest Blogger, Susan O’Neill
Are you not feeling as skinny in those skinny jeans since a pumpkin full of calories entered your home? Are you Googling sunlamps now that daylight savings started? Before you know it, you will be enjoying mashed potatoes and pecan pie and it is just downhill from there until the New Year’s resolution and the packed gym!
Sound familiar? The school year is hectic, our days are full and the daylight is fleeting. But we can take control now, avoid the holiday weight gain and be ahead of the crowds, feeling fit and fabulous when all those January magazines hit newsstands telling you how to keep your New Year’s resolution. Starting or sticking to your exercise regime now and keeping it up through the holidays has countless benefits. You can find the time, and make you and your health a priority.
Exercise decreases stress, boosts energy, suppresses appetite, improves mood, sleep and immune system. After a great workout, you are more likely to make healthier choices for you and your family. All of these reasons are great and hold even more importance during this hectic time of year. So no more excuses! Let’s get moving and have fun!
Mix it up! Dread the “dreadmill”? Sick of your gym’s classes? Don’t want to run in the dark by yourself? Charlotte has so many ways to get fit.
Fitness Boot Camps: Working with a group and pushing yourself to be stronger and faster has great payoffs and is very affordable. Every area in Charlotte offers great boot camps, such as SouthPark Boot Camp and Believe and Achieve Boot Camp.
Running Groups: Most of the running stores in Charlotte have running groups that are free or offer running clinics. Check out the Common Market Running Group and Run For Your Life classes as well as the services offered at Charlotte Running Company. Changing up your route and having running mates can get you hitting the street again.
Yoga: Need to give your body a break from pounding the pavement? Lulu Lemon offers free yoga every Saturday.
Try something new with a total body workout and the latest rage from Pure Barre.
Looking for something else? Carolina Health and Fitness has a complete list of Charlotte area fitness events on their calendar.
Check yourself! Every trainer and nutritionist will tell you a food journal is a vital step in having a healthy lifestyle. Recording what you eat is an education and a discipline, especially using My Plate on www.livestrong.com. You will not want to record that gigantic spoonful of your child’s mac and cheese, so you will put it down. Reducing your daily caloric intake by 200 calories will lead to dropping lbs!!
Set a goal! Yes, most races are in the Spring and early Fall, but you can find some nice ones in the winter months, and at FUN locations: Hilton Head Bridge Run, Tybee Island Run, Disney Running…girls trip anyone?
Goals don’t have to be running a certain distance or dropping lbs. How about swimming a number of laps without resting? How about military push-ups? No wine for a month? No eating out until 2011 (that’s good for the wallet, too). And reward yourself…skinny jeans, fabulous purse, a romantic night on the town…boots anyone??!!!
No More Excuses!!! Work hard now and you won’t be a “newbie” on January 1st!!
Susan O’Neill is the founder of SouthPark Boot Camp. She is an AFAA certified Group Fitness Instructor, marathon runner, mother of four young children, and fitness enthusiast.
Great article, Susan! (smarty readers: I highly recommend SouthPark Boot Camp!! Great/fun workouts!!)
I just started SouthPark Boot Camp yesterday and LOVED it! I'm so sore in places that I really need to be!~Jen P
The Atherton Market in conjunction with Evolution Fitness and Luna's Living Kitchen will be celebrating a week of "Harvesting Health" beginning this Saturday, Nov 13th. We'll have blood pressure checks, body fat testing on Saturday (yikes!), great cooking demos, and local chiropractic doctor Matthew McAlees with ideas on how to enjoy the holidays and stay healthy. If you haven't toured Evolution Fitness or had lunch at Luna's, this would be a great time. We are enjoying our own little wellness corner of the world.You don't have to wait til next week to visit! We just started opening on Wednesday mornings from 9-1 especially to serve the moms and homeschoolers who want to visit early. Updates, location, and Tuesday/Saturday hours are on our Facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/athertonmillandmarket
I would love to do The Boot Camp, but I am afraid it's too much running and pounding of the pavement? My old knees might not be able to take it? I am I right, or should I just give it a try?Carolyn C
Great suggestions, now I just need to make the time for ME for a change!
Love this article, Susan!!! For those of you out there wondering….this class is awesome!!! All my pants fit totally different than they did in the spring!!! I feel fit, strong, and am truly a happier person! I love that we have class outside…the fresh air makes all the difference!!!
Thanks for the nice comments about SPBC. Carolyn, please come try a class for free and see how your knees feel. We sprint, squat and lunge but I could show you modifications that should help.-Susan