The summer season brings with it a desire to get in shape and show off beach-ready bodies. It is also a time to see if those health conscious resolutions made for New Year’s were upheld. If they haven’t been, no worries! There are plenty of fun activities and nutritional recommendations that can be used so that you can still meet your personal fitness goals. Beth Tarantino, a Learning Assistant and a Full Body Fitness Instructor at Brookdale Community College’s Fitness and Recreation Center, shared some tips on how we can dive into a healthier lifestyle this summer.
“It all starts with beginning an exercise routine or changing up how you currently perform it,” Tarantino said. Dancing, swimming at the pool, bike riding, walking on the boardwalk, and playing volleyball at the beach are a few examples of the ways to burn fat this summer.
Tarantino also said that a workout can even feature activities that we all do during our daily routines, such as walking up and down stairs. “All you need to burn calories and see results is ten minutes of exercise, three times throughout the day.”
For great results, incorporate different speed intervals during the activity. For example, if you are walking or running, start at a normal speed for a few minutes. Then, increase the speed for a minute and then return to normal speed. Repeat this throughout the workout. Tarantino explained that doing this during any activity is a great way to increase your metabolism and burn more fat and calories.
After completing your routine, a good practice is to have a recovery meal that includes protein, carbohydrates and a small amount of healthy fat. A healthy diet is an additional way to lose weight and stay in shape. However, this doesn’t mean you have to go on a bland diet to see results. “Make two changes to your diet that you can live with,” Tarantino suggested. A few options to start with include, eating only when you are hungry, eating protein first thing in the morning, cutting out white starchy foods, don’t eat after 8:00pm and refraining from drinking your calories. Once you get use to these changes and they become second nature, you can add another healthy change. One of the quickest and easiest ways to lose weight is to stop eating sugar. This is difficult but after a few days your body will actually stop craving sugar. These changes coupled with an exercise program will decrease your risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and many more chronic illnesses.”
The fitness experience can start immediately for Brookdale staff, faculty, students, and community members at the fitness center. In addition to working out in the fitness center, exercise classes are offered. Classes include Pilates, Yoga, Zumba, Cardio Kick, Cardio Sculpt and Power Hour. Dedicated staff will also assist attendees by doing fitness evaluations and then customizing workout programs for each individual.
For more information on the fitness center visit the website or call 732-224-2562.