New Year, New You

| January 11, 2013 | 0 Comments
Osborn (left) demonstrates the proper technique for a side plank exercise to client Amy Mayfield.

Osborn (left) demonstrates the
proper technique for a side plank exercise to client Amy Mayfield.

Story and photos by
Sarah Pacheco
Staff Writer

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — It’s a little more than a week into the new year, which means it’s just about time for most people to throw in the towel on their New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, eat healthy and get back into shape.

According to Kristy Osborn, head personal trainer at the Schofield Barracks Health and Fitness Center, too many people make unrealistic goals for the new year, which only sets them up for failure.

“What you need to think of to be successful are short-term AND long-term goals,” she said.

HFC personal trainers (from left) Camille Workman, Kristy Osborn and Amanda Nefe are happy to help clients reach their personal fitness goals through one-on-one sessions and group exercise classes.

HFC personal trainers (from left) Camille Workman, Kristy Osborn and Amanda Nefe are happy to help clients reach their personal fitness goals through one-on-one sessions and group exercise classes.

Osborn, who is a certified personal trainer and certified strength and conditioning specialist, explained that short-term goals are goals that can be reached easily within two to eight weeks.

Long-term goals, she noted, are something to work toward up to a year or two in the future.

“When making — and sustaining — a resolution, make sure it’s obtainable within your means, and realistic,” she advised. “Using these tricks will help to ensure you won’t give up on your resolution two weeks into the new year.”

To help Soldiers and family members stick to their resolve for a healthier 2013, Osborn offers these additional, simple tips:

•Create a routine. Schedule your workout sessions just as you would any other important event, and keep that appointment.

“If you just say you’ll exercise later, it’ll never happen!” Osborn said. “But if you have a plan, have your gym clothes ready, have a healthy snack on-hand and have saved time in your day to exercise, you will always succeed.”

•Integrate your goals into your daily lifestyle. Most diets fail because they are short-term (which, as noted earlier, only are sustainable for a few weeks). Instead, adjust your food intake to meet your level of activity, eat more fruits and vegetables to help cut down on snacking on less healthy fare, and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and curb cravings.

•March to the beat of your own drummer. “Too many people get a workout program from a magazine, friend or Internet source. These workout plans are very generic and do not consider the person’s prior/current injuries or fitness level,” Osborn said.

Stacy Justus, recreational assistant, HFC, rides into the new year on a healthy note.

Stacy Justus, recreational assistant, HFC, rides into the new year on a healthy note.

Instead, Osborn suggests signing up with a personal trainer for a few sessions to gain a tailored program that fits all your needs.

“If you find a group class, type of exercise or a personal trainer you really enjoy, it’s always more likely that you’ll stick with it!” she explained.

The U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation’s fitness program oversees two physical fitness centers, here, as well as on Fort Shafter, Tripler Army Medical Center, Aliamanu Military Reservation and Helemano Military Reservation.

Each center provides a range of cardio and strength-training equipment, group exercise classes and personalized services, with most available seven days a week.

Specialized training areas and equipment, like Cross Fit, Pilates, stretch cages and more, can be found at each center, as well as courts for basketball, racquetball and tennis, and a swimming pool.

“When you work out at the gym, you are more likely to work out longer and push harder,” Osborn said. “There’s a different type of motivation that you feel when you are surrounded by others at the gym. It’s almost like everyone silently encourages each other.”

New for 2013

The Schofield Barracks Health and Fitness Center (HFC) will be undergoing some changes this year, starting with a renovation project, beginning Jan. 16.

During the closure, services will relocate temporarily to the Martinez Physical Fitness Center, Building 488 on Schofield. HFC group aerobics and personal training will continue as usual in Court #1.

To kick off the new year and new move, there will be a ZUMBATHON dance party from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Jan. 16, with three separate instructors showing off their moves.

Once the HFC reopens in mid-April, many new group aerobics classes and instructors will be available to help push people toward their goals.

For further information, including fitness center locations, hours and a schedule of upcoming classes and activities, visit www.himwr.com/fitness-centers.

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