Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Take our poll below and tell us what you think of making pledges to do something on Jan. 1. If you've done it successfully, what's your advice?
What better time to start with a clean slate than at the start of a new year. But while it's easy to make resolutions to do better or be better on Jan. 1, most of us rarely make it a week without breaking or forgetting our promises. So, we want to know, will you be trying again this year? And for those of you who have successfully made a pledge and kept it, what is your secret. Offer you thoughts and advice in the comment box below. In last week's poll, we asked for your opinion on how to resolve the fiscal cliff crisis. The vote results were 62 percent favored a tax increase for the country's wealthiest residents and 37 percent said that spending cuts should be made. DON'T MISS THE LATEST JOLIET NEWS. SUBSCRIBE TO OUR FREE DAILY …
Monday, January 2, 2012
Losing weight is both the most common goal given for beginning an exercise program and one of the weakest goals. You can increase your chance of success by asking yourself a few questions.
January is a popular month of the year for people to begin an exercise program. After years of inactivity, something changes and people decide to make a difference in their lives through diet and exercise. Personally, I applaud everyone who makes that decision, and as a personal trainer at the Annerino Community Center, I spend my days finding ways to help people achieve their goals. I find that the goal itself is the biggest challenge for many people. Many new or returning exercisers show up at the gym with no meaningful goal—or, at best, a loosely formed goal. More often than not, those goals either don’t have a way to be measured, have an unrealistic expectation, or lack true meaning in their life. A meaningful goal has to have a few…
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Our health columnist has advice for those who want to make fitness resolutions—and stick with for the long term
As the holiday season comes to a close, Resolution Season is about to heat up. If you're starting to think about how the cookies, cakes, and eggnog took their toll on your waistline, here are a few tips to help make your return to the fitness center successful: Every January, the gym swells with people sweating it out on the cardio equipment. By the time Valentine's Day rolls around, many have given up and are sitting on the couch with a heart-shaped box of chocolates. The reason? Many people start their programs and work out way too much, way too quickly, without giving their bodies time to adjust. Hopping off the couch after years of inactivity and jumping in with both feet and working out like a maniac leads to aches and pains and, …
Friday, December 30, 2011
Do you want to get in shape? Break a bad habit? Or is there something else altogether on your New Year's list?
When the clock strikes midnight on Sunday, 2011 will come to a close and 2012 — a brand-new year, full of possibility — will begin. If you're like a lot of people, it's a time to take stock of the year that was, and look ahead at what's to come. And maybe you've got a goal in mind — like that tried-and-true vow to get in shape once and for all. Or maybe it's a bad habit you'd like to break, like quitting smoking. Or maybe you're aiming for something else, like a career milestone or some other achievement. Whatever it is, we want to hear about it. Share your New Year's resolution in the comments, and take our reader poll.