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On the Road to Fitness
Jeffrey Bytomski, DO

Have you already stopped your “I’m going to exercise and get fit” New Year’s Resolution? Well now is a perfect time to get moving again. Summertime is finally here for most areas of the country and that means a lot of people will want to get outside and get active!

One great way to get into shape is to participate in a race, whether it’s a 5k, half marathon or triathlon. If you like to get dirty and climb over obstacles you may consider participating in a fun run or “mud run”! The first thing you should do is sign up for a local race. This will help you establish a goal. One good website to find various types of local races is www.active.com.

After signing up, your next step is to find a training program that suites you and your goal. Having a program in place gives you a plan to follow and some accountability when training. A great website to find from “couch to 5k” to full ironman training programs is www.beginnertriathlete.com. Smartphones offer a wealth of ‘apps’ that have programs and “personal training” coaches to motivate you. Many of them are free.

You should also consider training with a friend or even getting a team together. This will make it more fun and will also keep you motivated on those days when you don’t want to work out.

Your goal and training may look different from others, but these simples steps can get you on your way to a healthier, fitter you.

  • Set a goal and sign up for a race this summer.
  • Find a training program that suits you.
  • Get friends involved to share your fitness journey.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s move!

Category: Exercise,

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