October 10, 2008

Exercise That Competitive Spirit! Apply to Be Among Chosen Four Healthy Holidays

By MIZELL STEWART III, Editor 461-0799 or [email protected]

Get healthy for the holidays on Liveitupevansville.com.

We're looking for four people who want to get fit and share their success. Evansville fitness company Custom Fit Personal Training will help provide the support for our Healthy for the Holidays Fitness Challenge contest. Here's how it works:

n To enter, go to Liveitupevansville.com and submit a photo and brief essay of 200 words or less explaining why you should be chosen as a contestant. Essays and photos will be posted in the Fitness Challenge section on Liveitupevansville.com. Entry deadline is noon on Oct. 15.

n Online votes will determine the four people selected for the challenge. Each person selected will then create a public profile on Liveitupevansville.com that includes the fitness goals of weight loss, time exercised, distance walk/run and calories consumed. Contestants will be required to update their online profile three times each week and take part in group workout sessions with Tony Maslan, a certified strength and conditioning specialist with Custom Fit Personal Training.

n The winner will be selected based on overall fitness improvement as determined by Custom Fit and announced on Dec. 10 on Liveitupevansville.com.

n You can also take part in the challenge - and be eligible for prizes - by playing along. Everyone who creates a fitness profile and updates it at least three times each week during the contest period will be eligible for additional prizes, which will be awarded by random drawing.

n You can also check out Tony's blog at Liveitupevansville.com, where he'll share the tips he's giving to the Healthy for the Holidays contestants. Here are some of his tips for getting Healthy for the Holidays:

1. Establish a starting point with your current weight, body-fat percentage, circumference measurements (waist, hips, thigh, arm) and a few fitness tests, such as the maximum number of push-ups you can do our your time to walk or jog one mile.

2. Set specific goals, such as "I will lose 10 pounds" or "I will lose 2 inches off my waist" or "I will take 2 minutes off my mile time." The more specific your goals, the better your chances of achieving them. Write down those goals.

3. Design a plan. Know what you are going to do for the six weeks of the program. If you need help, seek guidance from a fitness professional.

4. Keep a journal of your workouts and what you eat.

5. Reassess your tests at the mid-way point to make sure you are on track to reach your goals.

To enter the contest or create your own fitness profile, go to Liveitupevansville.com.

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