Structured Workout Plans Prove Successful

The three main components to any worthwhile fitness regimen are nutrition, strength conditioning and cardiovascular exercise. Can you achieve success in all three areas by going at it alone? Sure – but it’s more likely you’ll stick to a healthy diet and exercise routine if you first have the tools and tips necessary to build a solid foundation.

A 2010 study published in the journal Obesity found that people who participated in a structured group exercise program worked out for a longer period of time than those who didn’t. When half the battle to adopting a lasting workout routine is turning it into habit, longer workouts may mean the difference between adopting the habit or abandoning it for the couch. Structured exercise plans also keep you more accountable and motivated.

Memorial SportsCare’s new Healthy Lifestyles 360 (HL 360) program, which kicks off in June, offers participants the knowledge and motivation they need in a structured environment to ensure lasting success. HL 360 is a spinoff of SportsCare’s already existing Healthy Lifestyles fitness program, in which a certified SportsCare employee works with a person to meet their individual fitness goals over a period of 10 or 20 weeks. HL 360 adds in a nutritional component and opportunity to participate in both group and individual exercise.

Whereas Healthy Lifestyles is offered year round, HL 360 will be offered periodically for 10 to 12 weeks at a time. The first HL 360 session begins at 5 p.m. June 4, during which Memorial Medical Center dietitian Katie Horstmeyer, RD, LDN, will conduct the first of her weekly nutrition sessions for participants. Weekly group workouts with Gabe Stinson, MS, PES, sports enhancement specialist at SportsCare, will begin at 5 p.m. June 7. Participants also have the opportunity to schedule a weekly individual workout session with Stinson based on their personal schedules. All sessions occur at the Gus and Flora Kerasotes YMCA/SportsCare facility at the corner of Iles Avenue and Archer Elevator Road.

The course will be taught on simple principles, said Stinson, whose goal is to show participants they don’t need access to a lot of expensive equipment to achieve a good workout.

“We want to provide participants with enough knowledge to change their lifestyle in a healthy manner and feel comfortable doing that,” Stinson said. “By completion, we want them to be comfortable going to the gym or working out on their own and maintaining that behavior.”

A free informational meeting on HL 360 will take place at 5 p.m. May 29 at the Gus and Flora Kerasotes YMCA. Cost for those who want to enroll in HL 360 is $300. However, Memorial employees and/or YMCA members received a $50 discount. For information on Health for Life, visit MemorialNet.

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