Lisa and Marc Rebucci, our Healthy Family 2011 parents, are hitting the gym and shaping up their entire crew for a lifetime of better health.
By Christine Mattheis
Starting Weight: 146 pounds
Fitness Hurdle: Building confidence
Exercise background: Lisa has never tried a structured workout plan, but she does walk her two dogs for 30 minutes daily.
Stumbling block: She feels intimidated by the gym, and it discourages her from trying to get in shape.
Expert advice: "Lisa needs to take it up a notch," says Reames. "She should try a variety of workouts to find something she enjoys. If she likes what she's doing, she'll be more motivated."
Her get-fit plan: Lisa's personal trainer, Marie Rotondella of Gold's Gym in Flanders, New Jersey, has started her off with exercises that are simple but still provide a total-body workout. She'll begin with 2 sets of 10 to 15 reps of each of the moves on the following slides, 2 to 3 times a week, and continue walking for cardio every day. "When she's used to going to the gym and builds some confidence, we'll have her try the stair-stepper, then an indoor cycling class," says Rotondella.
*Body mass index (BMI) measures weight in relation to height.
Underweight = < 18.5
Normal weight = 18.5–24.9
Overweight = 25–29.9
Obese = 30+