January always seems to be a month for new beginnings. People reassess their lives and make resolutions for the new year. Some people may choose to travel further distances, or take at least one local day trip a month. Maybe you are ready to commit to a new puppy or kitten, buy that new car or repair the one you have.
For many, this is the year to eat healthier and move more. Not just to lose weight, a definite benefit to any form of exercise, but just for the health of it.
This month Tex Appeal spoke with several fitness professionals who espouse exercise as a restorative health function. Each person had their own health reasons for starting an exercise program. Through perseverance they overcame their own obstacles to help others achieve personal fitness goals.
Emily Hilley-Sierzchula takes us on a journey with Noelia Corona-Terry who went from obese to become a champion powerlifter, losing 100 pounds in the process, Page 12.
Sitting is the new smoking, according to the surgeon general, and getting fit can be as easy as lacing up your shoes and taking a walk. Helping to facilitate that movement is Dr. Todd Bohannon, a vascular surgeon at Baylor Scott & White-Temple, who started a local Walk with a Doc program in partnership with the City of Temple, Page 60.
Total Body Resistance Training, or TRX, originally designed to help keep Navy SEALs in shape, is an exercise regimen that has mainstreamed during the past five years. It offers benefits for all fitness levels, from beginner to advanced. Katie Lochridge, wellness director for the Armed Services YMCA and certified TRX trainer, takes students through various moves using their own body weight while holding onto suspension straps, Page 41.
Jana Whittaker loves to dance, and she shares that passion with students in her REFIT (Revolution Fitness) class at the Summit Recreation Center in Temple. REFIT is similar to other aerobics programs but is designed to be more family friendly, welcoming people of all ages who want to move to the music, Page 49.
Restoring health seems to be the theme with everyone we’ve spoken to and now there is a place where you can work out with your dog. Heather Nusbaum, owner of Nutree Fitness, has taken exercise to a more personal level at her no-membership gym. She offers several classes for individuals or groups and recently added Paws for Fitness. In this class, students can bring their dogs along for the workout, Page 34.
Mira Rasmussen offers personal training, nutritional counseling, metabolic testing, hypnotherapy and acupuncture at Fitness Beyond Training in Salado. The trainers are physiologists who work with their clients based on their specific needs. It offers exercises for the mind, body and spirit, Page 55.
ZsaZsa Howell wants to help women take care of their skin. Sally Grace Holtgrieve writes that Z Medical Aesthetics “is structured around Howell’s holistic approach to skincare, and health and wellness in general. She is a self-described ‘granola girl,’ who believes in natural choices, such as eating organic and pure foods. Botox injections do not fit into her lifestyle and she does not offer the option at her practice,” Page 29.
Skin care and proper exercise are two dynamics needed for a healthier lifestyle. But it all begins with what you eat. Registered Dietitian and Personal Trainer Carey Stites writes that a “nutritious, well-balanced diet combined with physical activity lays the groundwork for superior health,” Page 58.
Wherever you are in your busy day, take a break and pour yourself of cup or glass of your favorite beverage and enjoy the January 2018 Health and Fitness Issue of Tex Appeal Magazine.
Tex Appeal Editor