10 Resolutions I Can Keep
The Cooper Wellness Program in Dallas is like behavior modification boot camp. It’s a condensed encyclopedia of all things good for you. Last year, I spent six days focused on health, nutrition, and fitness at the tree-shaded, 30-acre campus established by Dr. Kenneth Cooper, the man who introduced the aerobics concept―and launched a fitness revolution―in America in 1968.
Each 4-, 6-, or 13-day program is chock-full of workshops, group exercise, cooking classes, and personal training sessions. I opted for the 6-day session, and at week’s end, I had a 2-inch binder filled with advice and recipes. I had a memorable experience. I had a wealth of knowledge. And I had a daunting task: Share these riches in one story.
Here are 10 steps―culled from six days, multiple experts, and a three-ring binder―to get you on track to a new normal.
4. Get up and move.
You don’t have to jump into daily Olympic training sessions. Begin with reasonable goals. If exercise isn’t already a part of your life, the most important thing is to move. “Avoid inactivity. Notice I didn’t say exercise. Try to get a collective 30 minutes―break it up if you need to―of activity in every day,” Dr. Cooper says.
If you hate running―and I truly hate running―don’t force yourself to do it. I prefer power walking instead. If you think yoga is slow and boring, try ashtanga or power yoga. Try out different forms of exercise. Explore activities such as salsa dancing that are both fun and beneficial.
7. Be consistent.
You will only see results if you work out regularly and eat mindfully every day. You can’t take a four-day break and expect to see results that week. Exercise and eating right must become the norm, while indulgences and lazy days should be occasional treats. The good news is you will soon love the way exercise and good nutrition make you feel.
Rick Salewske lost 300 pounds with the help of the experts at Cooper. He often speaks about what motivated him to begin his weight-loss journey and what keeps him going.
See his "before" photo, and read his amazing story at www.lost300.com.