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A commitment to fitness, Timothy celebrates 29 years


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By C.J. MCMANUS
Sun Advocate reporter

For 29 years, local fitness trainer Jerri Timothy has made a commitment to help others maintain a healthy lifestyle through safe and effective personal training programs. Today, Jerri still teaches many classes from her Fitness World Studios on Main Street in Price, instilling a message of lasting health, fitness and safety in the Castle Valley. After obtaining her first certification in on April, 2 1982, Jerri knew she had found her passion and went on to achieve 16 other citations. She is currently working on four new programs because, according to her, variety is the spice of life, making a big difference in the results a person can obtain from their workout routine.

That spice needs to be applied regularly in order to work within a person's fitness regiment. Jerri reports that changes in fitness and weight lifting programs provide: continued interest in an ongoing exercise program, continued results due to muscle shock, better joint health and a more balanced look due to the strengthening of muscles all over the body.

However, before a person can change their routine, they need to get one started.

"It is vitally important to make fitness a part of your life,"explained Jerri. "The best way to do that is to put your workout time in your appointment book like any other appointment."

The local fitness expert reported that this technique is valuable because:

* Regular exercise reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

* Improves core and back strength.

* Promotes joint stability and strengthens bones.

* Increases muscle mass and decreases body fat.

* Helps to prevent type two diabetes.

* Lowers blood pressure and cholesterol.

* Improves balance and coordination, reduces depression and stress and increases self esteem.

"Don't confuse the meaning of physical activity or sports activities that put your muscles to work in a training effect,"said Jerri. "Busy work such as yard labor or cleaning the house can leave a person feeling exhausted at the end of the day. A fitness program on the other hand tends to leave you feeling energized."

Fitness experts agree that muscle does indeed weigh more than fat, therefore, as muscle turns to fat through over-eating and under-exercise, deposits are made under the skin as the body's muscle storage is quickly replaced by fatty deposits.

"Dieting can decrease your weight,"commented Jerri. "However, it will not increase your muscle mass without some sort of physical fitness. "Most everyone has noticed a person who has lost a large amount of weight and becomes emaciated. It is not the loss of fat that gives a wasted away appearance, it is the loss of muscle."

According to the fitness world owner, there is a big difference between being healthy and being fit. Typically, healthy individuals eat right and are active for at least 30 minutes daily. Fit individuals on the other hand, will exercise between four to five days a week at intensity levels of 70 to 80 percent of their maximum heart rate for 20 to 60 minutes per session.

While participation is at the forefront of the instructor's lifelong message of fitness, safety is also vital.

"Remember to take it slow both in weight lifting and fitness classes,"warned Jerri. "Too much speed is not a good idea for anyone, especially a newcomer. Slower controlled movements are not only much safer but they tend to be more effective, demanding more work from specific muscle groups and isolated resistance."

To maximize one's results within a given program, the local fitness expert gave the following advice:

*Working out within the aerobic level will allow a person to maintain their heart-rate and provide the muscles with enough oxygen to keep performing.

*Temperature is vital during a workout. Work to keep from becoming overheated or chilled during exercise. To do this, Jerri recommends wearing layers while working out.

*Drink plenty of water to avoid becoming dehydrated through excessive perspiration.

*Never stop moving during a workout, slow down but keep going, as to not allow blood to pool in the body's extremities.

On Saturday, Jerri will be kicking off a 29 year fitness celebration at Fitness World with light refreshments, a free workout and instructor introductions starting at 9 a.m.

"Remember to always listen to your body and pace yourself,"concluded Jerri who will be celebrating that 29th anniversary all week long. "It takes time to become physically fit, make sure to have some patience and stick with it. An exercise program can help you build many other good habits on the road to a happy healthy life. See you in the gym."

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