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Tips on how to achieve fitness goals at home

Published: Jan. 1, 2021 at 7:47 PM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Many people may want to get fit and change their lifestyle in 2021, but this can be hard for those who are too afraid to workout at the gym because of the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19 has caused many people to stay home more, workout less and over-eat as a result. Fitness Trainer and Owner of Health Plex Fitness Center in Grand Island Scott Norton believes the first step to getting out of a funk, is to get moving.

“Move at home. Just keep doing something and not sitting, and that’s the worst thing we’re having with self-isolation and social distancing is people are just staying home, they’re being inactive,” he said.

Elijah Landell is a life coach and former trainer and even he has been a victim of the infamous COVID-19.

“I was working two part-time jobs. I was out of work for about 10 weeks, so that kind of messed with me a little bit emotionally, mentally so I put on the most weight I’ve ever put on,” he said.

Fitness experts believe the only way people can reach their fitness goals at home is with self discipline, research or getting professional help. They can look at YouTube videos for workouts. There are also personal trainers online who can help people navigate their fitness journey.

“They can walk the stairs in their house. If they got some exercise bands, they can work all the different body parts,” Norton said.

The biggest thing people need to remember is to burn more calories than they take in and to maintain a healthy diet. Norton recommends staying away from processed and fast foods.

“Have all your meals prepped so you know what you’re going to eat that night and you know when you’re going to eat. That helps tremendously, tremendously,” he said.

Landell is working to shed 20 pounds this year, and he said in order for anyone to achieve their fitness goals, they need to take it slow. He suggests working out for 10 to 15 minutes a day and then gradually increase when people feel stronger to keep themselves from getting burnt out.

“When people jump into it and like, “I’m going to do five days a week for an hour,” it becomes too much and they don’t know how to adjust the rest of their schedule,” Norton said. “The little things make it sustainable.”

Health Plex Fitness wants people to know they follow the safety precautions given by the CDC and the health department. People who are interested in coming to the gym can join for 25 dollars a month. They are also open 24 hours and have fitness trainers on-site to help people reach their goals in 2021.

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