Congrats, Minneapolis-St. Paul!
The Twin Cities was just named the most fit metro area in the U.S. by the 10th annual American Fitness Index. The study looked at almost every health factor imaginable—rates of cardiovascular disease, asthma, and diabetes; nutrition habits and accessibility to local parks and recreational centers, to name a few. What the results didn’t tell us is how we can take these factors and act on them to create healthy, sustainable changes in our own lives. Here, a handful of Twin Cities residents share their secrets to a healthier, happier, and more active lifestyle.
First things first, start with a plan
When you outline specific daily goals and objectives for each of your workouts, even if you’re a beginner, those workouts are going to be much more successful. “In my experience as a personal trainer, I’ve learned that a calendar is the most effective thing for people,” Chris Freytag, 51, founder of gethealthyutv.com, says. “We make so many decisions in our daily lives…people often get discouraged because they don’t know if what they’re doing is actually working. With a calendar, you’re allowing yourself to formulate a good, solid plan to keep you accountable and, ultimately, see results.”