Every year, Americans make New Year’s Resolutions. Staying fit and healthy, and losing weight were the top two New Year’s resolutions with 65% of Americans saying they intended to exercise more in 2015; however, as many as 60% of resolution-makers don’t stick to their goals. Exercise is essential to staying fit and healthy, and you’re more likely to keep your 2016 resolution to get fit if your goals are attainable and measurable.
It also helps if you commit to physical activities that you enjoy and if the place where you are working stimulates and motivates you. According to the MayoClinic, you’re more likely to stick to your fitness routine if it’s fun and part of your daily routine. The Waterwalk at Point Ruston, which provides a mile-long unobstructed view of Commencement Bay and of Mount Rainier, is the kind of place where there are plenty of things to do (hike, jog, walk, bike, kayak, and more) to stay fit in 2016.
1. Stay Fit by Running or Walking
Running and walking are two of the most popular ways for Americans to get in shape because:
- Running and walking have proven health benefits (in addition to weight loss) including a reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.
- Unlike other activities, walking and running don’t require any special equipment aside from proper footwear.
- There are several free apps available to keep runners and walkers both aware of their progress and keep motivated. Apps like MyFitnessPal, Map My Walk, Runkeeper, Nike + Running, and Couchto5K are available on Apple and Android devices and are favored among budding and established runners and walkers.
Runners and walkers can also workout anytime, anywhere. Given that the Waterwalk at Point Ruston connects the 700-acre Pt. Defiance Park to the Ruston Way waterfront, walkers and joggers have lots of area to enjoy and keep their daily stroll or jog interesting.
2.Workout on Wheels
Like running and walking, bicycling and rollerblading facilitate overall whole-body health. Additionally, cycling and rollerblading can be done as group or solo activities. Rolling workouts also enables you to travel more ground and see more scenery while you get and stay fit. Other advantages include:
- Lowered depression and anxiety levels as well as bolstered brain power for bikers; a study published in 2015 in the Journal of Diabetes Complications reported findings that the stress, mood, and memory-regulating protein brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) increased over the course of a 12-week cycling study.
- Cycling not only promotes weight loss, decreased stress levels, and increased cardiovascular wellness, it is also association with the mitigation and management of the following major health issues:
- Obesity (steady cycling burns approximately 300 calories per hour).
- Potentially fatal cardiovascular diseases like stroke, high blood pressure, and heart attack.
- Risk of breast and colon cancers.
- Risk of developing type 2 diabetes (by 40%).
- Arthritis and other bone injuries.
The health benefits of rollerblading (or inline skating) are similar to cycling:
- Rollerblading can burn as many as 450 calories in a 30-minute period.
- Rollerblading is shown to have better anaerobic benefits than cycling and running, which means it’s more effective at developing muscles particularly in the upper leg, hip, and lower back areas.
- Like cycling, rollerblading is low-impact and easier on the joints than running.
3.Empower Your Workouts with Fit4MOM
Formerly Stroller Strides, Fit4MOM is the largest fitness program in the nation for women at every stage of motherhood. Fit4MOM Tacoma is ideal for seasoned moms, new moms, and moms-to-be because working out with a group helps feel more accountable to your fitness routine and can reduce the likelihood you’ll abandon it.
Fit4Mom Tacoma offers the Body Back® and Stroller Strides® programs.
- Body Back®: an 8-week session and is comprised of two classes per week, a DVD for at-home workouts, a meal plan, and a food journal. Moms with kids of all ages can do Body Back®.
- Stroller Strides®: a total-fitness program for moms with babies and tots in strollers. Power walking is combined with strength and body toning exercises.
4.Strengthen Your Core with Yoga
If your mental health is as important as your physical health in 2016, then yoga is a great activity to consider. There are many benefits yoga has to offer including:
- Lower stress levels, better coping mechanisms, and a more positive attitude.
- A more balanced metabolism.
- More muscle strength, flexibility, and tone.
- Greater flexibility.
- Better cardiovascular and circulatory health.
More experienced “yogis” can take their mats to the greens of the Waterfront at Point Ruston, but yoga neophytes might prefer starting with local classes at Expand Yoga (located in downtown Tacoma near the Waterfront) or at the University of Washington Tacoma on Wednesdays. UWT yoga classes are free as are classes on Mondays and Wednesdays at Barre 253; barre workout programs are based on the toning and strengthening principles of ballet and have benefits similar to yoga.
During the summer, a standup paddleboard yoga class (part of Tacoma PaddleFit) is a great way to both get a full-body high-intensity workout and to add a little variety to your yoga routine.
5.Explore Health Horizons with Water Kayaking
Watersports like kayaking are energizing and excellent for staying in shape. Because Point Ruston overlooks the expansive Tacoma waters, residents and those living nearby have the option of making aquatic fitness part of their 2016 New Year’s resolution fitness plan.
In addition to providing unique access to stunning views of local scenery, kayaking a plethora of health benefits such as:
- Burning upwards of 200 calories per half hour.
- Supporting mental-health relative to stress and depression as other forms of aerobic exercise.
- Enhancing cardiovascular health and lung functioning and has been shown to lower cholesterol.
- Strengthening core muscles, arms, and legs (to some extent)
Like other activities, kayaking can be done alone, with friends, or in a group.
No matter how you resolve to get fit in 2016, the Waterfront at Point Ruston has an activity that’s perfect for you. Best of all, its expansive scenic views are nothing shy of inspiring and will help you look forward to your commitment to becoming the happiest, healthiest version of you that you can be.