Local Experts Weigh In On A New You In The New Yearby Melissa Lambarena
The ball drops, glasses clink and you throw caution to the wind as you celebrate another year through the early morning. We’ve all done it, and we’ve all justified it by saying, “the diet starts tomorrow,” but it won’t be long before the jeans are a bit tighter and we start regretting treats from the holidays.
It’s a long standing January 1st tradition to plan how to do the New Year differently. With the goal of looks, health or confidence, a lot of us will splurge on a gym contract or opt for the miracle weight loss pill that promises fast results.
Some of us will see it through to the end and others will continue to repeat the same unhealthy cycle, but according to local experts accountability and patience will determine the likelihood of success.
Tarzana Topham Street Gym owner Leslie Maltz proposes to make 2012 the year of health by starting January off with routine exams at the doctor, dentist, dermatologist and more.
“Start off the year feeling confident you have taken care of the inside, so you can start focusing on the outside,” says Maltz.
Substitute your chocolate malt with the Maltz 12-month plan that provides your game plan for achieving your goals. Be sure to schedule four days for physical activity in the plan every week and share the plan with a friend that keeps fit. It also helps your motivation to choose activities you enjoy.
Serious and permanent changes won’t come as a quick fix. A lifestyle change will be required, which means an entirely new take on nutrition. Nutritionist Katherine Broom of the Personal Training Institute in Encino suggests creating a plan that includes cardio and strength training for the best results. She advises to keep a food and exercise journal for accountability.
Broom advises to go into a personal health journey fully aware that it took time to put on weight and conscious that it might take years to lose it. One big mistake is comparing yourself to others; every individual body will respond differently to nutrition and exercise. Patience will play an important role in a successful health journey.
Having added support may be worth the cost and experience of a certified personal trainer. Trainers ensure there are daily witnesses to your goals and they will push you farther in a workout to help you accomplish them.
For a more affordable approach to better health try free or reduced price phone applications, websites and gadgets that can help track your progress. Prevention.com offers advice and free nutrition and fitness plans that can be easily done from home. If you need to track your calories and daily activities check out http://www.livestrong.com/myplate.
“Make 2012 the year your word has integrity,” Maltz recommends. “That means when you say
you’re going to do something, you do it!”