Start 2014 Happy and Healthy

Happy New Year!! 2014 has officially begun and it’s already flying by. I can’t believe that it is already the third week in January! The start of a new year brings the opportunity for change and I, and I am assuming many others did as well, wrote down my top 10 resolutions for the 2014 year. Here are a few of my resolutions for the year; revamp my wardrobe, step out of my comfort zone, try not to compare myself to others, run a half marathon and most importantly have a healthy lifestyle.

Every year one of the top resolutions is to lost weight or go on a diet, but let’s be honest- these resolutions only last two months at the most and then we jump right back into our old ways. So this year we should all agree to focus on creating a healthy lifestyle.

Whenever I am home from school I try and drag myself over to Ben Mackie Fitness to get a workout in. No matter how much I hate Jillian for making me do burpees I feel better than ever after a workout with her or Ben. Over my winter break I met with Jillian, a trainer at Ben Mackie Fitness, to ask her some questions about how to work toward a healthy lifestyle. Here is what she had to say:

1. What is your best advice for getting back on track with working out after the Holidays?

  • Now that the holidays are over don’t wait to get back on the wagon! It’s a new year and there’s never a better time to get healthy. The trick is starting out strong with a healthy diet/exercise program and maintaining it throughout the year. Even if you have a bad day or bad week, pick yourself back up and keep on it!

2. I know I am not the only one who ate too much sugar this Holiday season! What’s your best advice for getting off the sugar train?

  • Try to wean yourself off gradually so that you can avoid the daily sugar craving. Replace sugary snacks/desserts with healthier options such as fruit, a serving of chocolate almond milk. If you must have something sweet, keep it to one treat only.

3. The big trend right now is “detoxing.” What is your advice on how to choose a healthy detox and what results should people expect?

  • I think a healthy way to detox is to cut out foods/habits that effect you negatively and replace them with nutrient dense drinks and meals. For example, one of my resolutions for 2014 is to drink more water and green drinks. I know from personal experience that my immune system stays really strong when I add just a few green drinks a week. This helps keep me on track with eating and avoid getting sick and run down.

4. Cardio or weight training? Or what would be the perfect amount of both?

  • Cardiovascular exercise as well as strength training are both very important in your exercise routine. Building lean muscle (through strength training) will not only boost your metabolism but it will help you lose inches and body fat. It’s a balance between the two that will allow you to reach your goals.

Whenever I am leaving to go back to school in Arizona I make sure to get a few workout routines that I can do at my house or at the recreation center at school. Jillian provided me with this great body weight exercise that requires no equipment, so you can do it anywhere!

15 push ups
15 sit-ups
20 squats
20 lunges
30 bicycle crunches
30 jumping jacks
1 minute plank
Repeat circuit at least 2x, up to 5x!

Ben Mackie Fitness strives to meet the exercise needs for individuals of ALL ages and ability levels. They offer circuit/strength training, sport specific training, Pilates, yoga, massage and nutrition counseling.

The trainers at Ben Mackie Fitness

The trainers at Ben Mackie Fitness 

my brother Charlie working hard at Ben Mackie (he is probably going to kill me for this)

my brother Charlie working hard at Ben Mackie (he is probably going to kill me for this)

Hope everyone has a happy and healthy 2014 🙂


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