Tips to Stick to Your New Year's Fitness Resolution
The New Year means millions of Americans will make resolutions to get in shape and lose weight. Unfortunately, many of those people will have trouble sticking to their goals. Research shows more than 100 million Americans go into the New Year with lofty goals, but only about one-third of them succeed.
Personal trainer David Dadey of Peak Performance Personal Training at Fitness for 10 in Reno has some tips for success. "Get a membership and then get some help," he said. "Whether it's personal training or group fitness, find a friend, tell your family and friends what you're doing. It'll hold you accountable and people will check in on you," he added.
Dadey sees lots of "January Warriors" at the gym the first week of January. He says they stay through March, then it tapers off. "What we find mostly is we get a lot of people going and then they disappear," said Dadey. That happens at gyms everywhere. But Dadey has advice for people who want to stick with their new fitness resolutions, even if they're not in the mood for exercise. "What I'll do is, if I'm not feeling it for the day, I'll get on the treadmill and walk for five to ten minutes. Once the heart rate gets elevated it changes and then you just do your thing," Dadey said.
Ramit Ali is a 21-year-old college student who works out every day. He says the key to success is to start gradually with realistic goals. "When I started, I slowly came into it, I was tired. But then once you get into it, you keep coming back. You want it more and more and that's your motivation, your drive," he said.
According to Dadey, creating measurable goals, that are realistic and sticking with them will eventually pay off. "You have to do it. It's all the hard work to get where you're at and if you don't keep it up you're not going to be able to keep the changes that you have on your body," he said.
Experts say if you slip up, that's okay, just get back on track quickly and don't wait until next year to make another resolution.
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