CORPUS CHRISTI — As people make New Year’s resolutions, today will be many people’s first day at the gym.
Trainers from the Corpus Christi Athletic Club say the stretches people should do before a workout depend on someone’s ability levels, but some important muscles to stretch are the hamstrings, lower back, and quads.
They also say eating healthy all the time isn’t all that realistic.
“80 percent of your food should be from vegetables, fruits, proteins and outside of that 20 percent can be…I wouldn’t say eat chocolate cake all the time…but you can have that splurge,” Katie Mendoza, one of the club’s trainers said.
When it comes to cardio the club says walking on the treadmill or elliptical are good ways to start a running program. Club member Jacqulyn Walker says she has been going to the club for fifteen to twenty years and says starting off slowly with some classes will help people who are new to the gym.
“Just don’t give up…even if you do ten or twenty minutes of the class. Do that and walk around the track and then come back the next day and try to increase,” Walker said.
The athletic club says it is important to listen to your muscles in order to get plenty of rest.
“If you’re feeling a little more tired or fatigue than usual, perhaps taking a yoga class…a light stretching…that way you’re still actively moving but you’re also actively recovering,” Monica Delgado, the Corpus Christi Athletic Club assistant general manager said.
The Corpus Christi Athletic Club advises people to take breaks in between workouts and work out every other day in order to adjust to a regular routine.
The club also advises to increase the intensity, length, and amount of days you workout in order to help you reach your goals.