How to Restart Your Fitness Regimen in Westchester This Year

For those who haven’t hit the treadmill in quite a while, we asked a local expert to round up the best ways to get back into the gym in 2017

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Looking to up your fitness game? We asked a local expert to round up the best ways to get back into the gym in the new year.

Sometimes it seems like honoring that New Year’s resolution will be next to impossible. It may have been awhile since you last picked up a dumbbell, and the logistics of figuring out a fit future may seem overwhelming. Whether you’re looking to return to the gym or start a home workout routine, Keith Chittenden, a certified strength and conditioning specialist in Westchester, outlines a wealth of ways those who have been out of the weight room for a while can get back into the swing of things with their fitness regimen.

Form a Plan

“All effective fitness plans starts with setting your goals,” says Chittenden. “Know your goals and have a plan organized around them.” Chittenden recommends making your goals specific; for instance, deciding if you want to get fit for a competition or just drop a couple pounds. He suggests these goals be measurable (and recommends you start with your baseline strength before beginning any regimen) and that fitness goals be attainable and realistic. Finally, he also advises that you place a timeframe as to when you want to see these results.

Start Slow

Chittenden advises that newcomers don’t go overboard during the beginning of their training. “Returning to a workout regimen needs to be taken slow and steady,” says Chittenden. “It is important to take each day and each workout step by step. Do not attempt to do too much too soon or you will be susceptible to an injury.” Chittenden points to tendonitis as a common injury for those returning to the gym after a long absence.

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Do Your Research

It is vitally important to research a gym before joining it, says Chittenden. “You want to choose a gym that fits your needs and schedule,” he advises. “Before getting sucked into a ‘New Year’s fitness deal’ advertised by the fitness club, you need to know what to look for. Tour the gym and look at the quality of the cardio equipment and weight machines. Most gyms should have an adequate amount of machines available for use for its members.” Chittenden advises that the machines be newer (no more than seven years old), modern, and easy to use. “Beware of gyms that have more than five machines that are ‘down for maintenance,’” he adds.

The same goes for personal trainers. “Not all fitness trainers are created equal. There are trainers that have specialized education, experience, and skills that can mean the difference between success and failure,” notes Chittenden. “Just as you would research a doctor to perform a surgery, the same is true when searching for a health and fitness professional.” Chittenden notes that the most prestigious organizations certifying health and fitness professionals are the American College of Sports medicine (ACSM), the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).

Stay Flexible

“As you are finishing up your workout, do not forget to stretch,” warns Chittenden, adding that flexibility is just as important as the workout itself. “When working out, the muscles that are being trained are under tension and stress,” he says. “You must relieve that tension by stretching the muscle when the workout is complete. This will keep your joints and muscles moving efficiently and reduce the chances of becoming injured.”

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