Monday, January 24, 2022

It's time to hurdle over your fitness roadblocks

by NATALIE DREGER Contributing Writer
| January 12, 2022 1:00 AM

It’s January 2022 and, once again, you have made yet another New Year’s resolution. Isn't it time to do and not just talk?

Are you holding true to yourself and staying on the right path that will lead you to reaching your health and fitness goals? Resolutions are easy to make, but often challenging to stick to. They sound really good after a glass of wine toasting the new year, then something happens.

You initially have every intention on eating healthy and exercising every day, trying desperately to get your physique under control, maybe cut back on a few prescriptions due to your weight issue or simply because you want to keep up with your kids. Or maybe you are just sick and tired of being “sick and tired.”

Many New Year’s resolutions revolve around obtaining a healthier lifestyle. Why don’t you make this year the year that you stick to your health and fitness goals?

Start today and get moving. Write down your goals, get a workout buddy, hire a personal trainer or get involved in a fitness class.

There are numerous activities that you can even do in the comfort of your own home that will help you get a little closer to your health and fitness goals. Take advantage of any stairs you might have in your house and climb them, over and over. Do several sets of lunges up and down your hallway. Jumping jacks in your living room are a great way to burn calories.

Work on your balance and stand on one leg while you are stirring dinner on the stove. As you are bending over to pick up laundry, why not do a squat or two. If you are a TV watcher, why not do several sit-ups during a commercial break. Get your kids involved and challenge them to do more sit-ups than you can do.

It continues to amaze me the number of different excuses that people come up. If you really want to get healthier and acquire a leaner physique, there is always an opportunity to do so and it won’t cost you a dime.

That’s right. It doesn’t cost anything to be healthier and lose weight. Life will put up road blocks but, only if you are the type of person who will see them as road blocks. I would expect you to turn any roadblock into a hurdle and JUMP over it. That, my friend, is an exercise move.

Look in the mirror and know in your heart that if you have ten pounds to lose or one hundred pounds to lose, you can do. Don’t let another day go by.

Natalie Dreger is a certified fitness professional. She can be reached at

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