As we embark on 2014, looking for a simple fitness routines and easy nutrition ideas we can stick with is a mission for most of us. Well if you want to get looking and feeling great, you’ve come to the right place. Eco News Network asked fitness and wellness expert Kiley Schoenfelder to share her goals for 2014 and how you can kick start your fitness routines today. Known for lending her training expertise to the Upper East Side Manhattan Equinox and to her own K FIT NYC, Kiley is a regular contributor to Eco News Network offering suggestions on how to live a healthy life. As a type 1 diabetic, Schoenfelder is the perfect person to listen to about making heath and keeping wellness a priority in our lives.
Eco News Network: What are your personal fitness/wellness goals for 2014?
Kiley: My 2014 goals are to achieve my own personal best. I want to first have my diabetes under the best control I’ve ever had in addition to working out at least 5 days a week and limiting cheat meals to once a week. For me, I really think this is a reasonable yet challenging goal that can be achieved.
Eco News Network: What should our readers remember when starting or restarting a fitness program?
Kiley: As always, start slow and steady. And, consult a medical professional before starting any exercise program. I think a heart rate monitor and food tracker are fantastic tools to get people motivated at the right pace. In addition, have someone (if at all possible a trained professional) watch and correct your form while lifting weights. You really don’t need to do anything fancy and complicated. Basic squat, lunge, push, pull, and dead lift type exercises will get you well on your way to a healthier new you.
Eco News Network: What are some of the latest trends in basic fitness training?
Kiley: In New York City there’s just about everything you can possibly imagine. I have heard there is now spinning in swimming pools and co-ed naked yoga to cardio fitness dance and cross fit rowing at the top of the charts this year. At the end of the day, most of the classes have a common denominator, which is the basic set of exercises I listed in the previous answer. The classes just have a fancier way of doing these to entice people. I’m not entirely opposed to any of it, I just don’t think the fluff is necessary. Just make sure you know how to properly do the basics before you go adding a tight rope and balance board.
Eco News Network: What recommendations/insights do you have for balancing work/fitness/diet/life?
Kiley: Theres no great magical answer to this one. You MUST MAKE TIME. None of us have the time but we have to make it. Every Sunday I sit down and chart on my phone calendar what times each day I’m going to set aside for making meals and working out that week. Setting aside time for making meals is JUST as important as the workouts. You can’t have one without the other if you want ultimate results.
More about Kiley and K FIT NYC
Kiley is the founder of her own fitness brand, K FIT NYC. She devotes her life to helping others overcome personal challenges as she too, fights her own nearly life long battle with type 1 diabetes. Today, healthier than ever, Kiley shares her positive energy as presenter and volunteer for the American Diabetes Association of New York City. She has been a successful fitness coach since 1998 and is a graduate of Michigan State University. Kiley can be reached at KFITnyc@gmail.com.
Photos: Courtesy of K FIT NYC
Please remember that you should always consult your physician before commencing any fitness routine or exercise program.