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Sarah Coleman: Chinese New Year

Sarah Coleman brings years of personal health and fitness knowledge to the table as Explore's health and fitness contributor.
Joel Reichenberger

— What happens in February?

The groundhog saw his shadow, which is typical. The Super Bowl, being one of my favorite holidays, has come and gone alas without the Broncos this year.

Sarah Coleman brings years of personal health and fitness knowledge to the table. Currently training, coaching and managing at Steamboat CrossFit in beautiful Steamboat Springs, she provides flawless technique and a positive attitude. Taking fitness to new levels, she uses the outdoor environment, your living room or work space, as well as the gym to influence and push her clientele. Funky knee socks and outrageous colors make Sarah unique, which transfers into her training and brings a smile to everyone’s face.

President’s Day is nothing to get excited about in the fitness world at least. Valentine’s Day pressures people to get gifts when they really shouldn’t have to.



Mardi Gras is fun and all, but if I tell you to limit calories or cut back on “Fat” Tuesday, you may just laugh at me. I realize that I am missing one crucial event, and I am going to educate you on something totally different and give each and every one of you a fitness horoscope.

The upcoming Chinese New Year, which begins the week of Feb. 19, is in fact just as much a novelty as the Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day but gives people a second chance for resolutions and goal making.



So, I encourage you to take this time of year to reflect on the goals you may have set in January, revisit them, revise them and implement them. In fact, I will nudge you toward some new ideas in the health and fitness world that may just set you up for the best physical year of your life.

The chart below will guide you both mentally and physically. Take a moment to find your year of birth and go from there.

1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 Year of the Dog:

Being a good leader, a dog should organize a group fitness activity, whether once a month or once a week. Maybe a group hike with a picnic lunch or a skin up the mountain on a full moon.

1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007 Year of the Pig:

Pigs do everything with all their strength. With this in mind, complete one exercise a week to failure. That’s right, until you cannot to any more.

1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996 Year of the Rat:

Rats are known perfectionists. How about picking a new exercise this month and perfecting it? Butterfly pull-ups? Medicine ball cleans? The dreaded muscle-up?

1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997 Year of the Ox:

Known for their ability to not fail, the ox is very stubborn. Try adding 10 more reps to your workout or five more servings of veggies to your day because you know once your mind is set, you will do it.

1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998 Year of the Tiger:

Being sensitive, a tiger needs an extra push. With this in mind, pick a healthy recipe and make it for a friend. Take the criticism or praise wholeheartedly and make the dish again only better.

1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999 Year of the Rabbit:

Rabbits are talented and admired. Teach someone something. Maybe how to skate ski or do a muscle-up.

1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000 Year of the Dragon:

Healthy is the dragon. Use this time to clean out your pantry and stock only healthy snack options for you and your family.

1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001 Year of the Snake:

Snakes like to help those less fortunate. So, find a friend in a fitness rut and take them on a fitness adventure of your choice.

1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002 Year of the Horse:

Horses run with big crowds. How about simplifying a bit with a one-on-one session with a personal trainer? I happen to know a few really good ones.

1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003 Year of the Ram:

Passionate about everything, Rams believe in what they do. Live that way and start with a good healthy breakfast.

1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004 Year of the Monkey:

Monkeys are the flexible sign of the zodiac. Try adding 10 minutes of flexibility work into your everyday routine.

1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005 Year of the Rooster:

The bravest of the bunch, a rooster should explore a new creative outlet to rev up the food intake. Try the Paleo Diet or a muscle-up.

So, in this the Year of the Sheep, a year of promise and prosperity, go big and break out of that fitness rut once and for all. I dare you! And, try a muscle-up for darn sake!

So whether you are a rat, a snake or a monkey, get moving and get going or else you will end a pig! And no one likes a pig, not even tiger!

Sarah Coleman brings years of personal health and fitness knowledge to the table. Currently training, coaching and managing at Steamboat CrossFit in beautiful Steamboat Springs, she provides flawless technique and a positive attitude. Funky knee socks and outrageous colors make Sarah unique, which transfers into her training and brings a smile to everyone’s face.


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