Expert offers summer exercise tips.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. (June 30, 2011)—Now that summer is officially here, many are searching for ways to stay healthy and look their best whether it’s at the beach or enjoying the outdoors close to home. Throughout the month of July, Piedmont Fayette Hospital’s Fitness Center is waiving its $50 initiation fee and offering one free personal training session with any new membership.
New members will receive a free fitness assessment and a customized program to help them reach their fitness goals. They will also find out what areas of fitness to concentrate on, how to exercise safely and monitor progress, and will be taught how to use the fitness center equipment.
Tips for Your Summer Health Success
Piedmont Fayette Hospital employs personal fitness experts who are available for Fitness Center members. Jamie Turner, lead exercise physiologist, offers five tips to get moving towards a healthy summer lifestyle.
Set short-term goals.
Keep it simple until you understand your body better. Whether it’s 25 pushups by the end of the first month or 25 minutes on the treadmill, start small and adjust. Whatever goals you set, keep them modest, write them down and mark them off as you achieve them.
Make sure you don't set "weight" as your goal. Fat weighs less than muscle, so if you actually take a good approach to fitness, you'll lessen your body fat percentage and increase your muscle mass which allows you to burn more calories in the long run and turns you into a leaner, meaner machine.
Prepare for a healthy lifestyle.
When you are prepared, you are twice more than likely to succeed at your goal, whether you are trying to lose five or 40 pounds. Make it easy for yourself by keeping a gym bag with a change of workout clothes and shoes in your vehicle. Also, always carry healthy snacks to power you through your busy day.
Establish a routine.
Try to work out during the same time and days. This will make your workouts more manageable and easy to remember. When scheduling other events, you will know that your work out times are already accounted for and won’t be missed. Eventually your workouts will be as routine as taking your vitamins.
Don’t do it alone.
Find an experienced workout buddy who will help you take ownership of your work outs and guide you. A good buddy will inspire you and help you stick to your routine. Piedmont’s Fitness and Wellness Centers also offer opportunities for classes with instructors and work out with a group.
About Piedmont Fayette Hospital Fitness Center
Located across from the main hospital in the Fayette Professional Center, Piedmont Fayette Hospital’s Rehabilitation and Fitness Center focuses on disease prevention, rehabilitation of injuries and maintenance of optimal health. The center is open to individuals in the community 14 years and older, and features state-of-the-art cardiovascular and strength training equipment. Diabetes education, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech-language pathology and a variety of group exercise classes are among the specialized educational services offered. There are also specialty programs including Cancer Wellfit®, pelvic pain and incontinence therapy, lymphedema therapy and joint replacement pre-op classes. For more information call 770-719-7290, or visit piedmontfayette.org.