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Is your New Year’s resolution health & fitness related? We share ideas that work for us

Getting fit, losing weight and being more healthy are always popular on New Year’s resolutions lists. With that in mind, I thought it would be fun to share some of the things The Beehive crew does around Fresno to stay in shape and live a healthy lifestyle. We’d love to hear what you do to stay fit, too.

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Kathy: My latest workout obsession is The Bar Method. I started this at the beginning of November after a friend raved about a class she took at the newly opened studio in Fresno. I remember seeing a daytime talk show host talk about barre exercise awhile back, so I knew it included strength training and I wanted to be stronger. I tried it, and I loved it. At the Fresno studio, the owner, Jenny, and her daughter, Lauren, are the instructors. They really push students to challenge themselves and not slack off. Let’s just say I’ve had sore muscles since day 1. Later this week, they’re starting a 60-day workout challenge for members. I decided to try it. Can’t wait to see the results.

Traci:  One word: NUTRITION. As I’ve mentioned before, last June I began seeing a nutritionist, and it completely changed my life. If your resolutions include losing weight, reducing stress or just generally being healthier, my simple advice:  1) Drink more water. There are several studies to support the correlation between weight loss and increased water consumption. 2) Sleep more.  Sleep is CRITICAL in weight loss AND stress reduction. Just check out this piece on WebMD. 3) Reduce/stop drinking soda– including diet soda.  I’ve known several people who lost 20 pounds or more simply by quitting soda and ONLY quitting soda. Here’s why.  And here’s why diet soda is just as bad.

Joshua: I tend to be full of nervous energy and bounce around quite a bit. I’m sure that burns a certain amount of calories and keeps me “fit.” Dancing does wonders for the body, though I tend toward the punky Billy Idol version (so, by myself, as opposed to ballroom, western-line dancing or the like). Living within walking/biking of work is also a plus, depending on your definition of biking distance. In Fresno, it could easily be 20 miles. There’s also the martial arts. I study at Aikido of Fresno, but you’ll find schools in town teaching ju jitsu, karate and tae kwon do (among other). MMM probably doesn’t look as fun anymore. And if all else fails, you can take up bowling.

fitbitDonald: One word for me: Fitbit. It’s almost tragic how motivated I am by the act of monitoring how many steps I take in a day — perhaps I’m a sports stats geek at heart. I’ve made changes in my daily routine that certainly add steps to my daily total. Probably the biggest is this: seeking out the men’s restroom that is farthest away from me (which is easy to do in the cavernous Bee building) and making it my primary destination rather than just dashing down the hall. I’m also much more likely to park farther away from a store — got to get those steps in! — and take a spin around the block. I’ve enjoyed “competing” on a daily basis against my fellow Beehiver Kathy, along with family members. It’s amazing what a little incentive will do to get me past my 10,000 steps a day.

Bethany: Wogging. Half jogging, half walking. I tried running, but it was quickly apparent that I will never be a runner. Something always hurts and I feel like my lungs are going to explode and I’m reminded that I’m still that slightly clumsy girl who was picked last in gym class. So I walk. And then I jog for as long as I can. And then I walk some more. Rinse. Repeat. I figure as long as I’m sweating and get my heart rate going, I’m getting good exercise. I’m putting in 2.4 miles during an average workout these days. I’ll probably never even run a 5k and that’s perfectly fine with me.

SW Parra: I do my own yard work which I refer to as my ‘home-gym’ for me it’s enjoyable and offers that immediate result of satisfaction. In addition, I walk about 5 miles each morning and then do about a half hour of short method shadow-boxing, paying very close attention to form. 100 push-ups at a 45 degree angle and then I am ready for the day.  My regimen does not bulk me up but it strengthens the body to combat my sedentary work environment. In spring and summer I add cycling.

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