As Tina and Chuck Abbott look toward 2018, the Schaumburg couple hopes to revamp their workout routines by attending more fitness classes together.
"Exercise has been a part of my life since I was 16," said Chuck Abbott, 43, a weightlifting instructor at Hoffman Estates High School. "Whenever I don't work out, I can tell the difference."
Many people find the new year to be a great time for reevaluating fitness habits.
Schaumburg Park District typically sees the number of fitness center memberships purchased or renewed double between October and January.
"I just want to make sure we stay healthy for our kids," said Tina Abbott, 42. "Our goal is to just maintain and set aside time for ourselves and focus on our health."
Memberships are available at the Community Recreation Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Road; Meineke Recreation Center, 220 E. Weathersfield Way; and Schaumburg Tennis Plus, 1416 N. Payne Road.
"Finding an exercise routine you enjoy is an essential component to a healthy lifestyle," said Charissa Tischhauser, fitness supervisor. "This is an exciting time at Schaumburg Park District, because in addition to updated fitness centers, we also have the latest classes to meet all ages and abilities."
But registering for a fitness membership is the easy part. The greater challenge is making regular exercise part of your lifestyle. Meeting with a personal trainer is an ideal place to start.
The district's seven trainers offer private and semiprivate sessions.
"The biggest challenge people may face is being too hard on themselves," Tischhauser said. "Don't dwell on the setbacks, but remind yourself of the progress and improvements you've made."
Group fitness classes are another option for staying motivated. TRX and Cycle are among the district's popular classes, Tischhauser said.
"I prefer to do classes for my workouts," said Jeanette Ackland, 37. "The classes really push you."
A Schaumburg mom of three, Ackland said she's just getting back to exercising after taking a break for a few months.
"I didn't work out at all this past summer," she said. "It's hard to get out of the house when the kids are home. I just want to make sure I work out on a regular basis in 2018 and keep a steady schedule."
Tischhauser recommends setting realistic goals when making New Year's fitness resolutions.
"Have a target in mind," she said. "Instead of just saying you want to lose 50 pounds, try setting a goal such as exercising three to four times a week. Celebrate those accomplishments along the way to stay motivated and on track."
Five tips for keeping fitness resolutions
• Set realistic goals. Smaller,
specific goals are easier to
stick to and pave the way for
• Create an action plan. Make 2018 the year you register for a 5K or fitness challenge. The extra accountability needed to prepare for races and events can make you more likely to achieve your fitness goals.
• Find something you love. If walking on a treadmill isn't your speed, find a fun group fitness class you enjoy that will keep you coming back.
• Reward yourself for accomplishments. Track your progress with a Fitbit or fitness journal and treat yourself for each triumph (no matter how small or big).
• Keep a positive attitude. Avoid dwelling on setbacks and instead on achievements during your fitness journey. Research has shown a connection between a positive mental attitude and improved physical health.