JOPLIN, MO-- Freeman Wellness Coordinator Kris Drake has been a dedicated runner for three years. She credits her success with taking a class at the gym teaching her the right way to run. "That class prepared us for our first 5k. And again we had the training, we had a program that we followed, we had a goal we wanted to attain we had info on nutrition."
Freeman Athletic Trainer Mylene Ray says the first cardinal rule is to stick with a regular schedule. "Being consistent will help you push your body to those limits and encourage that challenge."
Ray says setting unrealistic goals is also a big issue. Because when you fall short, often you'll give up entirely. "You don't want to look for that quick fix, that's what a lot of people make the mistake of - you want to look in terms of long term."
And diet is another key component. Eating right is important to lose weight - but it also makes an impact on your overall health. Added Drake, "When you're exercising if you're not feeding your body or fueling it correctly, you're not going to get the performance that you want." And Ray, "Both diet and exercise go hand in hand."