(CARLSBAD, CA) – If you are among the millions of individuals jumping on the fitness bandwagon, there are immediate measures you can take to enhance your success. Your ability to stick with an exercise program and achieve your goals has a great deal to do with the environment you choose and the guidance you receive.
Embarking on a fitness program alone is a daunting task, and for that reason beginners find a trainer, club, class, or facility that provides instruction and camaraderie. Look for staff members and instructors who are trained and certified by professional fitness organizations, such as the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, the American Council on Exercise, Jazzercise and The American College of Sports Medicine. Proper instruction is as critical as an atmosphere that is highly motivating.
Check out the exercise area and the equipment. Is there adequate space in bother exercise studios and weight rooms? Is the equipment in good condition and relatively new? Are there a variety of workouts to choose from? Be sure to consider other features that can make or break your resolution, such as adequate parking, babysitting services, clean facilities, comfortable temperatures and proper ventilation.
Perhaps the most important factor influencing your success is location. Studies indicate that individuals prefer exercising closer to home. Look to your community first. Tour local health clubs; find out what your parks and recreation or community center offers; peruse the local phone directory for personal trainers. You may be surprised at all the options available in your own backyard.
No matter what type of fitness program you choose, stretching will be an important part of your workout. The following exercise stretches the posture muscles of the chest, shoulder and upper back.
Sit tall in a chair with your feet firmly on the floor. Contract your abdominal muscles as you clasp your hands and reach them in front of you. Without slouching, round your upper back slightly, until you feel a stretch between your shoulder blades. Hold this position for 10 to 15 seconds, then release your hands, open your arms wide and reach them out to your sides slightly lift the chest, arch the upper back and pull your arms back.
If you are working out with a friend or a trainer, have him/her gently support your arms and slightly increase the stretch. Hold for 10-15 seconds and continue breathing naturally. Repeat 2-3 times as desired.
Jazzercise, created by Judi Sheppard Missett, is the world's leading dance-fitness program with more than 7,500 instructors teaching 32,000 classes weekly in the U.S. and around the globe. Since 1969, millions of people of all ages and fitness levels have reaped the benefits of this comprehensive program, designed to enhance cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility. For more information on Jazzercise go to jazzercise.com or call (800)FIT-IS-IT or (760)476-1750.