Spring break in Rhinelander has affected the participants for the ‘Fit for Life’ program. Many participants were out of town for the week, or had other responsibilities that were a priority. It is common to see lower class numbers when the School District of Rhinelander has spring break. This is why all group fitness classes at the YMCA of the Northwoods were cancelled last week, except for ‘Fit for Life’ bootcamps, which had low attendance. This may have caused many participants to struggle with working out.
A survey was handed out to all of the participants who attended the Monday night lecture, with Dr. Wendy Henrichs. Results showed that many participants are struggling with a few things. One of the things participants are struggling with is their weight goal. Participants made the comment that they are not as close to their goal weight as they thought they would be at this point. This may be because of many different factors such as not being able to complete all of their weekly workouts because they are too busy, or cannot find the time to get to the YMCA of the Northwoods. Another reason they may not be as close to their goal is because they are unable to be consistent with their diet. This may be because finding food that is quick and easy is more important than finding food that is healthier, and may take longer to prepare.
Some participants made the comment in the survey that “bootcamps and challenges are difficult and push you”, but many people wish they could make it to more of these. Making it to bootcamps and challenges has proven to be difficult after this week; five of the twelve participants did not do week seven’s challenge or weigh in for the week. Support from the other participants and coaches during bootcamps, workouts, and lectures, seems to be what many of the participants look forward to when coming for ‘Fit for Life’. Being able to work out with others who have a similar goal seems to have made the participants more open and willing to work hard to progress in this weight loss challenge.
Time is always a large factor in determining if someone is successful at losing weight. With busy lifestyles, many people view sitting down in front of the television to be a relaxer, but studies have shown that stress can be lowered more effectively with exercise or physical activity, and most times results with a more positive outlook on ones life. If a person is really committed to losing weight, they need to change their priorities and make eating healthy foods and exercising more important than sitting in front of the television.