Dr. Mark J Mendeszoon

Dr. Mark J Mendeszoon

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

New Year New You

The holiday season is winding down and the new year will be a time of resolutions for many individuals. With 2016 being an Olympic year, everyone should shoot for the gold medal when it comes to their health, well being, and quality of life.

One of the most common New Year's resolutions is to lose weight.  Certainly this is a realistic goal, but a more logical first step to a successful New Year's resolution would be to become more active and thus more physically fit.  Depending on your state of health and fitness,your exercise program should begin with a discussion of your goals and desires with your medical doctor.  Once you feel ready and confident, beginners should meet with or obtain information from a reputable trainer, coach, or personal website in order to avoid overdoing it.   For those individuals that understand training, reviewing your past training if possible and making adjustments is a good way to reach your goals. 

 Regardless of your level of fitness, cross training is recommended to to improve your performance.   Mixing in swimming, cycling of some kind, and weight training with your running program can make for a more satisfying, interesting, and well-balanced approach to your overall fitness. Another way to make training more enjoyable would be to have a training partner or partners to help get you through the initial training period and then to keep you motivated. In addition, to maximize your health benefits, weight loss and training, keeping a journal of your training and diet is recommended, along with weekly weigh-ins. 

 For beginning runners, proper running gear is an important part of getting started. Your local independent  running stores possess a wealth of knowledge to help you get going, provide the proper gear, and give you advice on interesting running events, activities or educational opportunities. Achilles Running Shop's staff of runners, coaches, and doctors is always available to provide any information to get you moving in the right direction. 

To kick off 2016, Achilles has partnered up with Great Lakes Race Timing to bring fun, family events to our community. A virtual training competition starting in January, as well as an open indoor track meet at Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio on January 8, 2016 will be the first events for the Olympic year. These are unique events and will be enjoyable for the entire family. For  those interested in breaking up the winter doldrums of training, information is available on our website at Achillesrunning.us or greatlakestiming.com

It will be an exciting year and we at Achilles are excited to help all of you achieve good health and happiness for 2016. Happy New Year.

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