OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Kansas City, Missouri falls short of the Olympic podium when it comes to placing high in the last fitness index from the American College of Sports Medicine. In fact, Kansas City ranked 76 out of 100 cities in June’s list.
“Starting now is better than tomorrow”, Thomas Nay, deputy director of personal training at Lifetime in Lenexa, Kansas, said.
Nay says that if you’re feeling inspired after watching athletes compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, or if you just want to create a healthier lifestyle, there are three simple tips to follow.
First of all, Nay suggests starting slowly. Find a physical activity that you enjoy such as pickle balling, walking, swimming, or just stretching and doing it regularly.
âA lot of those hip and glute muscles, they just get tired and sort of go out,â Nay explained of the inconvenience of sitting at a desk all day while demonstrating a stretch. “Getting those glutes to activate and be used more can take a lot of pressure off your lower back.”
Second, create a routine. It will be different for everyone. Some people will want to work out at the same time every day, others will want to have their meals at the same time every day. Nay suggests doing a daily and weekly routine.
âThe routine is huge,â Nay said. âThe saying we like to say is ‘consistency creates change’. “
He said grocery shopping should be part of your routine. Specifically, buy fruits, vegetables, meat and other items with few preservatives and great nutritional impact. He suggested staying away from sugars.
And consider including other people in your routine. A group fitness class can help keep you motivated. A support system will hold you accountable.
Finally, understand that change takes time. To be realistic. The Tokyo Olympians didn’t have abs overnight and neither did you.
âThe journey is fun, the process is the fun part,â Nay said enthusiastically. âOnce you get there, we always set new goals for ourselves. “
Nay hopes the citizens of Kansas make a goal of improving their fitness index to the next classification.
The American College of Sports Medicine said Kansas City ranks below average for the number of people who exercise the recommended daily amount, eat the recommended daily amount of vegetables, and walk or cycle to the gym. work, among other factors. Arlington, Virginia, placed first. Oklahoma City placed last.
Life Time is launching a 60-day fitness, nutrition and lifestyle class on Saturday August 7th. Visit the fitness center’s website for more information.