Developing a Healthier Lifestyle

Posted on: February 21, 2018

I needed to take charge of my life.

Eleven years ago, I played college football. I pretty much ate whatever I wanted and trained hard to play ball. After being confined to a hospital bed following an accident, Ches states “I was definitely in the worst physical shape of my life.” This is something I wasn’t used to, I needed to make a change. I looked to the YMCA for a healthier lifestyle.

It was then he decided to begin his journey to a healthier lifestyle. He was no longer going to limit himself because of his size. Through hard work, goal setting, dedication and guidance, Ches has been successful on this journey. For more than a year, he has been a member of the Y and shortly after starting, he had lost 136 pounds.

He believes being motivated is one key to his success. The motivation he needs comes from his faith in God, his family, kind words, and the success of others. His workout plan includes eating six small meals a day and spending 45 minutes a day working out with weights and doing cardio activities. He has access to fitness coaches to help guide him along the way.

Ches follows his motto, “don’t do anything you can’t do every day for the rest of your life.” His overall goal is to be healthy and have an active lifestyle so he can continue to keep up with his daughters. His advice to other people who are trying to lose weight is, “you are capable of far more than you could ever imagine; press on and pursue greatness.” Ches is truly and inspiration.

The Y brings people together every day, providing opportunities to promote healthier decisions that support physical, intellectual and spiritual strength. Track your fitness through our new app, yConnect. Download today!

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