The New Year is right around the corner and while statistics show that more than 80% of all our well-intentioned resolutions fall flat by February, we have some unique ways to help you stick to your resolutions so you can reach your personal goals this year.
1. Surround Yourself with Support
Whether you’re looking to shed a few pounds or commit to regular exercise, sharing your goals with a few of your closest friends or family can help keep you accountable. Studies have shown that lifestyle changes and choices are affected by those closest to us. If moving towards a more active lifestyle is on your resolution list, invite your best friends, significant other, or family to join you for Oak Brook Park District’s annual Choose to Lose challenge!
Supported by AMITA Health, Choose to Lose is Oak Brook Park District’s most successful wellness initiative. By providing support, education, and motivation, this team-oriented program creates a heathy and effective weight loss environment that has helped our community shed thousands of pounds over the past years.
For eight weeks, teams of two and four compete in weekly challenges and weigh-ins to develop healthy activity goals and routines, and shed weight. Participants in this program also get:
- 1-hour group personal training session
- Choose to Lose t-shirt
- Body composition analysis
The park district offers a modified version of the program and its physical challenges to accommodate adults 65 and over who want to jump start their New Year wellness routines.
2. “Tri” Something New
In 2018, the Oak Brook Park District developed and tested several new “Dri Tri” fitness events. Participant feedback was implemented, the events were analyzed and the park district is proud to offer the new Triple Threat Dri Tri Series for 2019!
The spin on this unique triathlon series is that there is no swim event. Instead, participants complete rowing, air assault bike, and running challenges. The first event in the Triple Threat series is Tackle the Tri on February 3. The second event is the Team Dri Tri on July 27, and the last event is the Turkey Dri Tri on November 29. Participants can register for one event or stay motivated to working towards their fitness goals all year long by committing to the whole series.
The Triple Threat Dri Tri Series is accessible to all fitness levels. According to Oak Brook Park District Fitness Supervisor, Mike Delgado, the event can be as competitive as you want it to be. Participants receive results instantly, so whether you’re focused on a personal goal or motivated by competition, you will know right away if you’ve achieved your goal.
3. Make a Difference
Set small goals that will move you towards successfully completing a 5K and stay motivated knowing that your participation will make a huge impact on someone’s life. Oak Brook Park District’s Pink 5K (sponsored by Evergreen Bank Group and AMITA Health) benefits the Open Arms Fund of the Hinsdale Hospital Foundation.
Proceeds from the event are used to provide lifesaving breast cancer screenings to local women in need. Should a woman receive a positive screening and diagnosis, Open Arms will follow them through their course of treatment.
Since 2012 the Oak Brook Park District’s Pink 5K has raised more than $70,000 for the Open Arms Fund.
According to Oak Brook Park District’s Executive Director, Laure Kosey, the Hinsdale Hospital Foundation’s work to provide outreach, screenings and treatment to local women perfectly aligns with the park district’s vision to provide opportunities for community members to be their very best, and feel their very best.