It’s become a tradition. As the ball drops on New Year’s Eve, we make a wish. We wish that those extra holiday pounds would drop as easily as that ball did. And they never do.
And with weight gain comes health issues, and with health issues come more medical bills. It’s a dangerous and vicious cycle that no one wants to fall victim to.
Fortunately, Winterset has a variety of local resources to fall back on. It’s up to you to “weigh” those options, then pick one that makes sense to you and get started. Or, better yet, grab a friend and drag him or her with you — take/make the time to get back on track to a healthy new year.
If the weather cooperates, Winterset has a host of outdoor options when it comes to exercise.
There are trails for biking, hiking and horseback riding; sidewalks, roadways and tracks for walking and running; swimming pools and tennis courts; golf courses; fields for soccer, baseball or football; bowling and dance classes; or beautiful rivers and lakes for canoeing and kayaking. But calories burn just as easy inside as outside, so research your options and have fun.
Get tough and fight back
Marsha Mapes is the owner of Kardio Kick Gym, and for those of you that need who extra push to keep you going — this would be a good match.
Mapes and her other nine instructors are all trained to get you on track, and keep you on track. If you fall off track, they find a way that you can get back on.
“It’s our job. We are conditioned to keep it personal,” says Mapes. “I mean, we notice when you aren’t here.”
According to Mapes, by keeping the instructors up to date on the newest training techniques and programs, it allows them to keep the classes fresh by offering new and challenging options for everyone.
There are beginner classes that are low key, low cardio and no impact, to progressive classes that include everything from yoga and Zumba dance, to kick boxing and TRX. And, there are classes for 4- to 74-year-olds.
“There is something for every fitness level,” explains Mapes. “And we can modify their training to meet their needs, or compensate for injuries. We have a passion for fitness; it’s as simple as that.”
Sara King, 33, has been active at the gym for seven months and has gone from a size 12 to a size six.
“I’ve lost 10 inches overall and feel great,” she says.
King started at the gym as part of a cross training workout for a future marathon.
“My time has improved drastically,” she explains. “I was able to go from a 12-minute mile to a 10-minute mile. For me, this is big. I have always been the first one out in dodge ball. Now I have core strength and a stronger back, and I’m running marathons.”
Sharon Clark, 50, is celebrating her one-year anniversary at the gym.
“I’ve lost 23 pounds and 20 inches total,” she says. “I feel so much better now. The instructors here are encouraging and seem to know what you need at the right time. I’m rethinking what I eat now and understanding why it’s so important to feed your body a healthy diet.”
Prefer a gentler way to good health?
The local Curves facility, owned by Debbie Field and Mike Green for the past six years, offers women a simple, 30-minute workout program that targets ages 15 to 100.
“It is a simple circuit program that lets them work in a cardio routine plus a gentle, hydraulic-driven weight resistance program,” explains Field.
Just recently, Curves added a weight management program that offers participants a computer-generated plan that assists with everything from planning grocery lists to setting healthy maintenance plans.
Curves touts its program as the only plan that includes diet, exercise, coaching and community, all in one place.
Self disciplined? Crazy schedule?
If your life is on the hectic side, you may want to consider the Winterset Fitness Express.
“We have people in here at 3 a.m.,” says Phil Clifton, owner. “Since they each have their own key, they can come and go according to their work schedules.”
This gym facility is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and targets more of the solo trainers who prefer to come and go at any time, stay as long as they like, work as hard as they want, and work as many circuits as they choose.
“There are cardio and circuit machines, as well as plate-loaded weight machines,” Clifton says, explaining that most of the machines are preprogrammed for ease of use. “Most everyone just comes in and jumps right in, but if they had questions on anything, Rob (his 17-year-old son) is in-house Monday through Friday, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
A play area for the little ones is available so mom can get in her 30 minutes before work. The facility has individual TVs and even convenient showers.
According to Clifton, the facility is monitored 24-7 with full-circuit security cameras.
He also notes a recent report stating that obese workers cost companies 42 percent more in medical costs each year, and his gym has begun offering incentive group price packages to businesses.