Tips for 2018 from our New Director of Health Innovation

     Tips for 2018 from our New Director of Health Innovation

Sarah Picard holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology and is also a Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Try Interval Training! 
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is emerging as one of the most effective ways to improve your health and fitness, and it can be done in less time which is perfect for our busy schedules. Anyone can build interval training into their routine, it doesn’t have to be all-out maximal intensity exercise to be effective. Anytime you can rev up the intensity above what you normally do, for a period anywhere from 20 seconds to 2 minutes at a time you are sufficiently challenging your body to get more fit faster. How easy is that?   

Add Strength Training  
If you're already doing this, just increase your weights. There's more to strength training than just developing big muscles - it is an essential component of overall good health. Basic strength training increases muscle mass, but it also primarily builds strength - not big bulky muscles. Having strong muscles helps you control your weight, decreases your risk for developing chronic diseases and can make all activities of daily life easier. A simple, effective plan can be done in 15 minutes. Try our Strength Train Together class, combining strength training with functional exercises using an adjustable barbell, weights & bodyweight.  Our on-floor fitness staff is always ready to help you set up and start a basic strength program - including showing you how to use all machines and hand-held weights. Click here for class schedules and get started! 

Find your “Why”
We all know that we are much more likely to do things that we feel passionate and energized about. In his TED talk Simon Sinek defined the “Why” as “the purpose, cause or belief that inspires you”. Finding your "purpose" is what you ultimately need to make healthy habits sustainable. Focus on reasons that are personally meaningful for you. For example; “I exercise because it makes me feel good” or “I enjoy living a healthy, active lifestyle” as opposed to “I know I’m supposed to lose weight”. Our Healthy Weight Loss program is a great place to start, learn more.

Practice Positive Self-Talk
Make some positive lifestyle changes for your health this year and STOP the negative, critical words you say to yourself and START talking to yourself as a friend – with compassion and support. This may well be the key to sustaining your new healthy habits long beyond January. 

The YMCA of the North Shore is committed to helping our community members live their healthiest lives. We’ve expanded our offerings to include research-based programs designed to empower YOU to take charge of your health. Our Health and Wellness staff is here to help!

For more information, please contact Katrina Mancebo, RD, LDN​

Click here for our Healthy Weight Loss Program          Click here for all Health & Wellness and Disease Prevention Programs​