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Fitness news in briefs for Jan. 7.
Published: January 7, 2014

In brief

Strike a Pose against hunger

Nearly 20 yoga studios across Oklahoma City, Edmond and Norman will hold donation-based classes Saturday to benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma during the third annual Strike a Pose for Hunger. Participating studios include The Bend Yoga Studio in Bethany; Third Street Yoga and You Power in Edmond; Beyond Yoga, Hidden Dragon Yoga, Ignite Yoga, The Mat's Edge, Soul Yoga, Spirit House Yoga, This Pose Yoga, Yoga at Tiffany's OKC, Yoga Nest and Yoga Room, all in Oklahoma City; and Ashtanga Yoga Studio, Fusion Fitness, Yoga at Tiffany's Norman and Yoga Life, in Norman.

Create a workout plan

How many times have you started a new workout routine in January and fell off the wagon by the end of February? It happens to a lot of people when goals are unrealistic or plans aren't well thought out. Try these tips from the experts at Life Fitness to create a workout plan to stick to.

Create a weekly schedule. Long-term goals are great, but it's also important to break down goals into weekly expectations. Write down a weekly workout plan and schedule it into your calendar like any other meeting. When planning workouts, remember that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends 150 minutes of cardio exercise per week. Split that into five, 30-minute sessions or maybe 15 minutes Monday through Thursday and an hour on Saturday and Sunday. Add in two strength sessions per week and you'll be meeting the exercise requirements for a healthy body.

Log your exercise. Tracking workouts and progress will increase your motivation to show up at the gym. Log workouts with an app, website or old-fashioned pen and paper.

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