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New year brings fitness goals

Susan Wood, Tahoe Daily Tribune

If you’re like many people who make New Year’s resolutions, fitness tops the list.

But a lot of people try to do too much too fast, health and fitness experts warn. Time Out personal trainer Ingo Loge stresses keeping the fun in workouts and making the most of the time.

“They want to achieve the most in the least amount of time,” Loge said.

“You should never spend more than one hour in the gym. If you’re in longer, you’re talking too much,” Don Dutril said. Beyond his personal training business, Dutril works at the Kahle Community Center for the Douglas County Parks and Recreation Department.

He recommends for those hopping off the sofa and onto the fitness kick to try to keep a schedule consisting of a 20- to 30-minute aerobic workout, three to four times a week.

Anthony Davis, a track coach who also works at the Kahle Center located on Kingsbury Grade, agreed.

“The average Joe needs only 45 minutes of aerobic activity two to three days a week to stay fit,” Davis said.

Every January, membership at the center soars.

Membership subsides around March, but some people make exercise a lifestyle change throughout the year.

A heart condition motivated Carolyn Streit-Carey to stay in shape.

She walks two miles a day on the center’s indoor track, which is laid out in a 120-yard circle. She sometimes feels “like a hamster in a cage,” she said. She uses the time to formulate her thoughts.

Streit-Carey chose using the indoor track because it’s safe, warm and beats carrying bear spray around her Granite Springs neighborhood. She thinks using a treadmill is boring, but walking outside may be too exciting.

“Walking outside can be hazardous,” she said.

The 61-year-old woman said slipping on the ice presents a chronic problem for walkers trying to keep up their workout in the winter. Streit-Carey slipped and fell outside the center, prompting her to take her five-day-a-week workout inside.

Streit-Carey advocates forming a walking club for seniors, an idea Kahle Center employees are considering.

“A lot of times people don’t do things on their own,” she said.

Speaking from experience, people who want to stay in shape don’t need to do anything “horribly strenuous,” Streit-Carey said.

The American Heart Association recommends people just get up and get moving to change sedentary ways. The organization suggests that simply parking at the far end of the parking lot, mowing the yard or walking the dog helps keep a person fit.

Less active, less fit people increase their risk of developing high blood pressure by 30 to 50 percent, the heart association reports.

But changing bad habits such as smoking, high cholesterol levels and blood pressure help lessen the risk too.


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