Wednesday May 24 2017
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Staying In Shape

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We're halfway through 2011. Many of us made a resolution six months ago to get in better shape this year.

By getting more exercise, we reasoned back in January, we would not only lose those unwanted holiday pounds we gained, but we can make our hearts healthier and live longer, more productive lives.

Whether we've stayed the course, or slipped off the wagon, it's never too late to get in shape.

Whether you're a weekend warrior in an adult league, or a child in competitive sports, there is a huge advantage in getting regular exercise. We can move with more agility and speed. We can improve stamina, power and flexibility.

As a coach for my children's teams—and a part-time weekend warrior—I have witnessed amazing feats by children and adults. It's no secret: daily exercise and weight training are the foundation of success.

So how can you and your kids get in better shape together?

Joining a gym together or buying home-gym equipment are two ways to get started, but you don't have to spend much money to get on the path to a slimmer, stronger family.

Begin your journey by starting and ending the day with functional exercises: stretching, walking, push-ups, jogging or biking. Begin weight training by doing curls and presses with small dumbbells. No dumbbells? No problem. Use books or water bottles to start.

Three days a week: take a hike! Walk with your spouse, kids or friends. Make it a neighborhood thing and organize a 30 minute hike with neighbors.

Sign up for aerobics. How about a salsa class? Variety is good. Give your body options and new tests.

Do you have a dog? Take your little buddy to the park more often. Don't forget to bring a frisbee or a ball with you. A recent survey in England indicated that people who have dogs get four times the amount of exercise than people without a dog. A dog should NEVER be considered a weight loss plan, but trust me: your pet will love you if you take him or her outside more often.

Bottom line? If you re-dedicate yourself to regular exercise right now, in mid-summer, and stick with it? Who knows? Not only will you be able to get up and down the court easier, you will be requesting smaller sizes when it comes to time to switch to that winter wardrobe.

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