Gurnee Park District News

Finding your fitness time

State of FitNation: Pat Bodame, CPRP, Fitness Facility Manager 

It's summer! Graduations, summer camp, sports, vacations and everything in between have taken over. As a parent, I know it can be difficult to find "me time" and/or gym time.

This summer, stay committed to your fitness goals by taking the time to plan, embrace the buddy system, prepare for the unexpected and celebrate your victories.


1. Make a plan. 

Take one day each week to review goals and plan the week ahead. Scheduling workouts and meals can help maintain a fitness routine or help with weight loss. Writing down your plan keeps you accountable. Just as you don't miss meetings at work or your child's activity, you can pencil in open times for your workout or making a healthier dinner.

Goals are fulfilled through a continuous string of battles. If you lose one, refocus and win the next. Win more battles each week and you're one step closer to reaching your goal.


2. Embrace the buddy system.

​Have a friend or family member with a similar lifestyle? Are they looking to achieve similar goals? Work together, hold one another accountable and push limits.  Should a friend or family member not be available or motivated, consider trying a group fitness class, personal training or small group training. Don't cheat your potential! Give yourself a support system and stay motivated.


3. Prepare for the unexpected. You're busy! 

The local gym is a great place to achieve results. Sometimes you can't make it there. Continue to support your goals through daily challenges. Kids will get sick, or you'll have to stay a bit later at work, its life. Don't make excuses. Make time. Get home and use your couch or chair for tri dips, lung down your hallway, use stairs for calf raises or put exercises in a circuit format. A 20 minute example is below. Fitting in something is better than nothing.

Workout (20 Minutes)
Complete as many rounds as possible (Modify where necessary)
10 Burpees
20 Push Ups
30 Sit Ups
40 Squats
50 Second plank
60 High knees


4. Celebrate your victories! 

​ If you can only get in 10 minutes instead of the usual hour you do, you did it. Mark it off and keep working. Complete one goal? Set a new one. Continue to celebrate, try new work outs and challenge yourself!


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Tuesday, October 23 2018

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