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Update your fitness status

Personnal Trainer Demie Scott April 30 2010 Crystal Lake.  (Dave Shields/For Sun-Times Media)

Personnal Trainer Demie Scott April 30 2010 in Crystal Lake. (Dave Shields/For Sun-Times Media)

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Updated: February 17, 2013 6:26AM

Happy New Year: Lose weight; get in shape!

Happy New Year: Eat less; exercise more!

And so it begins.

But what does that mean to you? Maybe you were successful in your attempts to meet these goals during the past year; maybe you came close; maybe, maybe ….

While the mantra concerning exercise and weight loss seems the same every year, very often the starting point can be different.

Perhaps you were in the top tier of folks who found a program or strategy that kept them on track with eating fewer calories and getting to the gym at least four times per week. Sounds like Utopia. This would be considered the Elite Status.

Hmmm — doesn’t quite describe your efforts in the last 12 months?

What about those of you who ate better but didn’t quite meet the exercise goal, or vice versa? Did you manage to achieve some level of fitness success? Perhaps you played more softball over the summer without getting injured or made it through the holidays with no weight gain.

Status check

Feeling like neither Elite nor Premier Status applies and you view yourself as more of the “mainstream” population? You know the type: drank one less beer, ate one more salad or walked up the stairs instead of taking the elevator. Opting for the occasional “better” choices reflects the actions of the majority of people and therefore would be considered Standard Status.

Status seems to hold some level of importance in various aspects of our lives and can be found:

When traveling: first-class airline seats or priority boarding

When dining out: select table placement or service amenities

When attending a sporting event: VIP seating and preferred parking

These are only a few examples, but enough to make the point that we should be equally driven by the status of our fitness development.

Achieving the next level in anything is seldom, if ever, viewed as an easy task, but it is far from impossible.

With that in mind, make 2013 the year to upgrade the status of your fitness. If you are at a Standard level, set a few priorities to determine what it will take to reach Premier or Elite status.

Remember my motto: “What would Demie say?”

Well, this time, it would be, “Upgrade your fitness status.”

Next time: “Where’s the Fire?”

Demie Scott is a certified personal trainer, owner of FrisScott and Associates Inc. and occasional columnist for The Courier-News. Do you have a health and fitness question or topic you would like considered for future columns? Email Scott through the contact us page on her website, Check with your physician before starting an exercise program.

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