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The Twelve Months of Health and Fitness
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By: Jackie Wright

Now that the holidays are behind us until next year, let's concentrate on Twelve Months of Health and Fitness for 2011. Each month will feature a specific goal or focus to help you stay on track for all of 2011, not just the first quarter! Get out your planner for 2011 and write in the goal or focus for each month. When you flip the page on the last day of each month to the following month, you will immediately see the goal or focus for the next month reminding you, just like a scheduled appointment, where you are headed. As always, prior to beginning any exercise program, please consult your physician.

  • January 2011 - "Set your template" month. If you have not already set your written short-term and long term health and fitness goals, get busy and do it now! Remember to include both exercise and nutritional components as these are the dynamic duo of health and fitness.
  • February 2011 - "National Heart" month. Concentrate on enhancing your cardiovascular endurance/stamina through consistent aerobic/anaerobic exercise and eating a heart-healthy diet.
  • March 2011 - "Muscular strength training" month. Kick it up a notch and add a new muscular strength training exercise to your program.
  • April 2011 - "Core" month. Yes, you should be performing your abdominals/core work regularly, but this month work on creating variations, slowing your repetitions down, concentrating on bracing, stabilizing and quality versus quantity of repetitions.
  • May 2011 - "Interval training" month. You bet you should be integrating aerobic and anaerobic interval training into your fitness program. However, this month, if you have established a solid aerobic/steady state foundation, it is time to challenge yourself by adding shorter recovery intervals and longer exertion intervals.
  • June 2011 - "Perfect form/technique" month. We always strive for our most perfect form and technique during exercise. But this month, get serious and refine your form, perfecting your technique for each and every exercise. Less is More!
  • July 2011 - "Get outside" month. Get outside for your training this month, enjoy the warmer weather and try something new!
  • August 2011 - "Enjoy your vacation but don't sink your ship" month. Enjoy your time off, you deserve it, but continue exercising and maintaining your healthy eating regimen.
  • September 2011 - "Back to the basics" month. You had some time off, so now get back to the basics of training by revisiting the January "setting the template" month focus.
  • October 2011 - "Make one small healthy dietary change" month. Find one unnecessary food that you can live without worth approximately 100kcal and either limit it or eliminate it.
  • November 2011 - "Get prepared for the holidays" month. Set yourself up for success this year prior to the holidays taking hold. Stay on track!
  • December 2011 - "Nurture yourself" month. Take time for you so that you can enjoy the holidays, family, friends, traditions and rituals. Create a stress-free holiday season.

Taking health and fitness steps, one month at a time, with a specific goal/focus for each month, may be just the ticket you need to propel you toward health and fitness success for 2011 and beyond.

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