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Working off that winter weight

running excerciseBy Puakea Olaisha Anderson and Bridget Porter

Special to the Michigan Citizen

DETROIT — Michigan is the 11th fattest state in America and two thirds of American adults are overweight or obese. Sixty-six percent of adults in Michigan are overweight, with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25 or greater.

If you are looking for fitness tips or diet and exercise tips, Bridget Porter, a personal trainer at YMCA, will offer a beginners workout plan and offer diet tips. Most people gain weight during the winter due to holidays and less time being spent outside due to the weather. The first thing to do is to set realistic goals for yourself and stay committed.

Porter recommends walking at least once a week. On Mondays, she walks three miles and will continue to do so over the next four weeks. You do not have to start with three or four miles; you could begin by taking a lap around a track or walking two blocks in your neighborhood and build from there.

Perform cardio and strength training workouts throughout the week. Do not just rely on cardio equipment to get the body of your dreams. Incorporate strength training like dumbbell presses, squats and rows to bust fat. Complete 8-12 reps with moderate to heavy weight.

Porter also suggests avoiding foods with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). The soft drink industry started using HFCS as the primary sweetener 10 years ago. Read your food labels and be more aware of foods that contain excess sugars. Eat more fruits and vegetables.

Think of the rainbow when it comes to your diet. When you choose brightly colored fruits and vegetables, you increase the amounts of vitamins A and C. Consume more foods like these instead of foods processed with HFCS.

Next week, Porter will provide a diet plan and home workout for weight loss. Porter also has workout sessions every week at the YMCA.

Contact Bridget Porter at and Puakea Anderson at


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