Kimberly Wimpey is a personal trainer at Anytime Fitness in Macedonia and has been training clients for nine years.
“There’s always an increase in members from the first of the year through Spring Break,” she said.
Logan Davis is a personal trainer at Gold’s Gym in Woodstock and said he expects a lot of new members to join as the 2013 holidays come to an end.
“People definitely set New Year’s resolutions for their health, so we are expecting quite a few members to join up,” he said.
Wimpey said one of the main benefits of getting in shape is an increase in energy levels and better health.
“They get an overall better feeling about themselves,” she said.
Davis agreed there are many benefits to being healthy and in shape.
“I have some clients that go on vacation and can’t even enjoy the vacation because they’re so worn out. Just being able to go throughout their life and not feel so out of breath, or have their feet get sore or have little pains and aches in their joints ... that can all go away,” Davis said. “And their mind can be cleared because they’re providing something for themselves.”
Wimpey said making a schedule is an important step to getting in shape.
“Make a schedule for your workouts and stick to it,” she urged. “Another thing is to work on diet, cardio and weight training at the same time, which will produce better results.”
Davis agreed, and said residents who want to follow through on their resolution to get healthy should “definitely” set routines.
“Get into a routine, a routine is what you need to be in to see progress,” he said. “If you want to work out Monday, Tuesday and Friday, then make that your goal. That’s the days you’ve got to get it done.”
Wimpey said picking healthy foods and eating correct portions also play a big role in being fit.
“Always stick to things that are less processed. The more natural foods are, the better they’re going to be for you,” she said. “I tell my clients to always count your servings, and serve yourself, don’t eat directly out of packages. We don’t really realize how much we’re eating, and we don’t realize the calories.”
Davis said cooking in bulk is one of his favorite tips. It can help people avoid fast food trips, which are a big setback to health, he said.
“Cook a big, huge, healthy meal that’s going to last you, that you can just go to the fridge and grab throughout the day,” he said. “Cooking in bulk is the No. 1 thing to do to eat healthy.”
Wimpey said people who are serious about starting a workout routine should get in touch with a personal trainer.
“Please seek the advice of a trainer. They do, and they are, able to help create a program for you that will be safe for you to do,” she said. “A lot of people just get gung-ho, and they end up injuring themselves. That defeats the purpose, because then they’re injured and they can’t work out. If they go with a trainer, the trainer is going to be able to work with them to solve any problems they have, and find a program that will work.”