(04/18/14) - Get up - and get moving!
That's the message this week from Flint Mayor Dayne Walling and ABC12's Rebecca Trylch.
All month long, they're going head-to-head in the "Mayor's Wellness Challenge" put on by "Commit to Fit".
This week, they tried out some new moves - and you can do them too.
The warm up seemed simple enough.
"Get your muscles ready, get the blood flowing," said Dusty Meyers, of the Genesys Athletic Club.
But Boe Glasschild, better known as "The Boeman", quickly changed things up.
"That's a bodyweight workout. It's a hybrid form of exercise. It uses pilates, it uses the eastern arts like some yoga in it, it uses a typical gym things like medicine balls," he said.
Rebecca tried some of the moves, but not all of them.
Her friendly competitor in the "Commit to Fit Mayor's Wellness Challenge" typically likes to run or swim.
"I'm used to doing those two or three things regularly, but our muscles need to be challenged and need to try new things, like anything in life," Walling said.
That was the key with this workout.
"We base it on muscle confusion. No workout is ever the same so your body can't get accustomed and find those break points. We keep you on edge," Glasschild said.
You don't need a lot of space - or equipment to do these moves.
"They say 'grab the cow by the horns,' I say 'grab him anywhere you can get him,' and get going," Glasschild said.
"People like to make up reasons why they can't exercise because they can't get to the gym or they can't afford a membership, can't afford a personal trainer. But if you can move your body, you can exercise and you can get a good workout," Meyers said.
So we didn't try any of our favorite excuses, but we will have to work harder.
The Mayor is leading the challenge - having dropped a pound or two since the beginning.
"I have kept up a pretty good exercise routine on a daily basis, but I just need to amp it up here to try to get some more calories off," Walling said.
On the other hand - Rebecca gained weight.
"Perhaps I need to focus on my overall well being," she said.
"Make sure you're well rested, well hydrated, and that you're eating right," Meyers said.
Friday's workout might be done - but the challenge is far from over.
"You don't want to stretch cold muscles, so the yoga at the end was the perfect way to end the workout," Meyers said.
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