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By Marisa Horak Belotti The new year is here, and amid the parties and football bowl games accompanying the arrival of 2019, many people have made resolutions to improve their quality of life for the coming year. Often those resolutions include decisions to improve one’s physical shape. Unfortunately, topping the list of New Year’s resolutions most often abandoned is losing weight and getting fit. But fitness and wellness involve more than shedding pounds and building muscle and endurance. Dictionary.com defines wellness as “the quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as the result of deliberate effort.” Healthy in body and mind. Think about it – that’s what this edition of Great Lakes Bay Magazine urges you to do. We talk to fitness trainer Sarah Fechter of Saginaw, who helps others attain a healthier lifestyle. We also visit Matt Frazier, a Midland man who went from a pack-a-day smoker to an ultra-marathoner. Matt says anyone can get fit with a little work and motivation. (Page 30) But you don’t have to be an athlete to be in good physical shape. Sign your family up to learn self-defense at Palm Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Saginaw (Page 9) or go outside and build a snowman for light exercise. (Page 15) This edition put the focus on family mental health with several tips on how to help your children attain top mental form by getting a good night’s sleep or reducing anxiety that may be affecting their overall health. (Page 14) Great Lakes Bay Magazine also delves into the ever-worsening opioids crisis. We’ll hear about people who skip physical therapy sessions while recovering from injury, instead forming a strong dependence on powerful painkillers. We check with the specialists to find out how important the physical therapy process is to avoid addiction. (Page 20) I hope you not only enjoy reading about physical and mental wellness in this edition, but you also learn about things you and your family can do to attain the best results.

By Marisa Horak Belotti

The new year is here, and amid the parties and football bowl games accompanying the arrival of 2019, many people have made resolutions to improve their quality of life for the coming year.

Often those resolutions include decisions to improve one’s physical shape. Unfortunately, topping the list of New Year’s resolutions most often abandoned is losing weight and getting fit.

But fitness and wellness involve more than shedding pounds and building muscle and endurance. Dictionary.com defines wellness as “the quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as the result of deliberate effort.”

Healthy in body and mind. Think about it – that’s what this edition of Great Lakes Bay Magazine urges you to do.

We talk to fitness trainer Sarah Fechter of Saginaw, who helps others attain a healthier lifestyle. We also visit Matt Frazier, a Midland man who went from a pack-a-day smoker to an ultra-marathoner. Matt says anyone can get fit with a little work and motivation. (Page 30)

But you don’t have to be an athlete to be in good physical shape. Sign your family up to learn self-defense at Palm Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Saginaw (Page 9) or go outside and build a snowman for light exercise. (Page 15)

This edition put the focus on family mental health with several tips on how to help your children attain top mental form by getting a good night’s sleep or reducing anxiety that may be affecting their overall health. (Page 14)

Great Lakes Bay Magazine also delves into the ever-worsening opioids crisis. We’ll hear about people who skip physical therapy sessions while recovering from injury, instead forming a strong dependence on powerful painkillers. We check with the specialists to find out how important the physical therapy process is to avoid addiction. (Page 20)

I hope you not only enjoy reading about physical and mental wellness in this edition, but you also learn about things you and your family can do to attain the best results.

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