Stay in shape
Consistency tends to be one of the biggest problems when it comes to staying active. New Year’s resolutions to get in shape have become as American as eating a fast food cheeseburger, but remaining active proves difficult.
Carmen Buckmeier, owner of Anytime Fitness in Rugby, is hoping her gym can help people make a lifelong commitment to working out and living healthy.
“So many people say, ‘I’m just gonna come in when I have time and I’m gonna have time,’ and, especially with moms, it has to be on your to-do list every day. It can’t be, ‘If I have time, I’ll go work out.’ It’s gotta be consistent because once someone does it for a certain period of time then it’s in their brain and then you miss it if you don’t do it.”
Anytime has a part-time trainer, 24-hour access and a high-tech new way of working out called Fitness on Request.
Fitness on Request starts with a patron choosing a workout from a wide variety offered through a touch screen. Workouts range from 20 to 50 minutes and a projection screen drops down in the gym’s multipurpose room. The recorded workouts with well-known trainers allow patrons to participate at any time of the day with a structured workout.
For those who prefer a local trainer, Anytime can arrange that, and virtual workouts allow the trainer to monitor someone’s activity through video.
“She can watch them working out and there are nutritional things online and they can have that help even if they’re not in the gym,” Buckmeier said, “so they can come and work out even if (the trainer’s) not here.”
Buckmeier said January always brings new customers, but hopes the new technology will be extra incentive to keep people from giving up on regular workouts.
“It’s the time of year when depression sets in,” Buckmeier said. “It’s so cold and exercise combats that too. I think we have more doctors that are saying you need to get out and exercise, and that helps.”
Buckmeier is seeing a rise in participation from senior citizens, who qualify for the Silver Sneakers program.
For more information visit Anytime Fitness on N.D. 2.
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