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Emeka Nnabuaku is a personal fitness instructor at the Crosby Recreation Center here in Carrollton. He specializes in Martial Arts and MMA fight courses. Emeka teaches the Project 8 Fitness Training on Tuesday and Thursday evenings which include techniques from jiu-jitsu, muay thai, sambo, taekwondo, boxing, and judo. Below are some tips for exercise and fitness that Emeka has provided:

1. The key to staying healthy for life is to develop the habits of regular activity and healthy eating. Pick something you’d like to do and do more of it. Start small. This is perhaps the most useful suggestion of all. When people frequently start exercising, they always start with lots of energy, enthusiasm, and ambition. However, doing too much in the beginning leads to burnout, which leads to quitting your habit. When you first try to make exercise a daily habit, chances are your body won’t be used to that kind of stress. The key is to only do 20 minutes in the beginning, and do it nice and easy. Nothing hard. Even 10-15 minutes is fine at first, if you’re just starting out. The key is to get out there, get your body slowly used to daily exercise, and form that habit.

2. Progress later. Once your body is used to daily exercise, you can slowly start to increase the amount and intensity of your exercise. Wait at least two weeks before starting to increase — that’s the minimum your body needs to adjust.

3. Stick with a routine for 6-12 weeks before trying a new one and don't give up. Be positive, train with intensity, and stay consistent! Also, for better gains, keep your nutrition in check by counting your caloric intake and do more resistance training and some cardio to get a more muscular toned look.

For more information on Emeka's classes you can visit our page on classes or you can e-mail Emeka at

Last updated: 11/3/2015 12:40:01 PM