Spring is your classic “good news, bad news” scenario. Good news? The weather is warming! The flowers are blooming! Bad news: Bathing-suit season approaches. To get the latest fitness trends and tips, we caught up with indefatigable International Federation of Body Building and Fitness professional athlete and personal trainer Toni Perdikakis. “I ran my first half marathon the other day and went shopping and walked my dogs by the afternoon,” gushes Perdikakis.“ I have so much energy.” (Can she loan us some?)
Yikes! Beach season is almost here. Can you suggest a quick workout that anyone can do at home? I’d start with 25 crunches, making sure the chin is up toward the ceiling. Next, I’d do 25 bodyweight squats or jump squats, making sure to squeeze the tush the entire time. Lastly, I recommend doing 10 pushups and holding a 30-second plank. Repeat all of this five to 10 times, then have a good nutritious meal with plenty of water.
Any other tips for getting fit? Sign up for a half marathon now. It’s about taking those baby steps toward a goal. Sign up for a 5K or a 10K. Don’t wait——start right now.
Speaking of running, is there any place you like to go for outdoor workouts or runs? Right now, I love Prettyboy Reservoir. There’s a great set of stairs right where you park. Run up and down them 10 to 15 times and your booty will be hurting all week long. For running, I love the NCR trail and Honeygo Run Regional Park.
Any new fitness gadgets you might recommend? Garmin is making a heart-rate monitor you can wear on your wrist. They come in bright colors and monitor not only your heart rate but also distance.
Any nutritional tips? Create a food journal. Deep down, everyone knows how to eat healthy and where their personal pitfalls are. I recommend eating six meals a day to rev up the metabolism: Every meal should include a small amount of protein, a carb, and a healthy fat such as nuts, almonds, or coconut oil.
Let’s talk about spring fitness fashion. What do you like to wear? I love anything from Lululemon, and I usually wear crop pants when I’m at the gym. They are good for your circulation and hold everything in. I also love headbands to keep the sweat out of my eyes. I have them in every color and also wear the crazy, sparkly ones!
WHAT YOU NEED: A few things to help keep your workouts exciting.
Set your running goals by signing up for a race. Ease in by starting with a 5K.
Keep track of your heart rate with a monitor that doesn’t weigh you down.
Stocking up on your active-wear necessities will optimize your fitness activity.