Steamboat Living: Heather Gollnick-Steamboat’s Spartan Race star |

Steamboat Living: Heather Gollnick-Steamboat’s Spartan Race star

Gollnick’s top training tips

1: Find an activity that pushes you and challenges you in a positive way.

2: Remember fitness should be fun so pick an activity that brings you enjoyment. We live in a magical place with a myriad of activities to engage in during every season. This spring be adventurous and try a new hike (maybe that 14er you keep thinking about), try a fat bike or explore one of our many incredible mountain bike trails, go for a swim in Steamboat Lake or Stagecoach Reservoir or try stand-up paddle boarding (then you can go for a swim when you fall off).

3: Have patience … set short- and long-term goals. Whether it’s weight loss, training for your first 5K or getting to the top of that 14er, patience is key to your ultimate success. Set mini goals for yourself to keep motivated. Every new activity takes time to master, so be patient and focus on fitness as fun.

4: Everything in moderation. If you’re making a lifestyle change that embraces new activities, healthy eating and a focus on fitness, ease into it. In the early stages moderation is key; remember, fitness is a lifestyle and should be enjoyed.

5: Hire a coach/professional to help set goals, answer your fitness questions and hold you accountable. Having a positive mentor who can guide you through your training increases your ability to achieve personal goals.