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March 8, 2014

Get up, Get out, Get fit: Experts offer tips on getting back into the exercise routine

Warm weather is approaching, and with Daylight-Saving Time starting Sunday, there are more hours of sunlight to get outside and enjoy the sun. Winter can be a time where people are sluggish; they work out less and eat unhealthy food.

If you did not work out much this winter, there is still time to turn things around before you have to squeeze into your shorts.

It is never too late to get fit.

The first step in setting up a workout routine is investigating what kind of workout you might want to do, said Stacy Mitchell, a personal trainer and owner of Body By Stacy in Oneonta. She recommends that people talk to their friends about the kinds of workout routines they maintain.

“They usually have something that they’re passionate about and they’ll extend that passion to you,” Mitchell said. “It also helps with the second part — creating a buddy system.”

Mitchell said you could also use the Internet, as there are thousands of different workouts online. Find what interests you, because you are much more likely to stick to a plan if you like the exercise you’re doing, she said.

Dave Greene, a certified personal trainer at HealthLinks in Oneonta, reiterated this advice.

“Find your ‘play’ and you’ll stick with it,” Greene said.

If you cannot afford a gym membership or personal training, you can still work out.

Greene said there are many free workouts to try online, but to be careful not to overexert yourself.

“You want to take your body to a place it’s not used to going, but be conservative,” Greene said.

Courtney Place, certified personal trainer at the YMCA in Oneonta and adjunct instructor of personal training at the State University College at Oneonta, said, “The outdoors is your gym,” and it can be one of the best places to work out.

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