Fitness resolutions: 4 local pros tell how to keep goals

Working with a personal trainer is one way to help you keep your fitness resolutions. CONTRIBUTED
Working with a personal trainer is one way to help you keep your fitness resolutions. CONTRIBUTED

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Making New Year’s resolutions is the easy. Keeping them is the tough part.

According to Statistic Brain, 45 percent of Americans usually make New Year’s resolutions and another 17 percent make them occasionally, yet only 8 percent are successful in achieving their resolutions.

And of the top 5 resolutions in 2015, losing weight and staying fit and healthy were No. 1 and No. 5, respectively.

So, how can you make your fitness resolution last beyond the first few weeks of 2017? Local fitness professionals and personal trainers weigh in with advice on how to reach your fitness goals in the New Year.

Dillon Andrews, The Machine Shop:

“As a fitness professional, the biggest challenge I see in people trying to make a change is that they aren’t fully equipped to accomplish their goals — the drive is there, but the “where to start” is missing. My job is to teach everyone how to be self sufficient in the gym and to teach healthy habits. My colleagues and I are here to teach you how to feel the target muscles you are trying to improve, and to give you something that lasts longer than January. Rather than starting just with a gym membership, start with a trainer that customizes movements and a training program to meet you where you are, and really set yourself up for success. Shop around for a trainer that clicks with you personally, then clearly define some short and long term goals that they can set you up to achieve. Just start. And keep starting, every day.”

Jack Giambrone, former college and professional football coach and personal trainer:

"Many factors go into a well-balanced fitness program. It's important to keep in mind that running or strength training is only a part of a well-balanced program. Your nutrition program is key because this is the fuel that you need for your program. Sleep is very important because this is how the body repairs and gets ready for your next workout. Managing stress — easier said than done — can zap your energy levels. But, working out can actually reduce that stress. And finally, take your time. It might take time to reach your fitness goals – celebrate all successes. A small change in body composition, a pound lost or a minute faster in your run are all great victories."

Morgan Komiensky, Monsters and Machines Personal Training and Enrichment:

“Most people try to go all out at first — new gym membership, new clothes to look the part and hopes of rising early in the morning to get a jump start on their day – but they soon find out they have jumped in too far and have no idea what to do. They give up mostly due to a lack of a plan. Fitness and nutrition are a two-piece puzzle – you cannot have one without the other. My biggest piece of advice would be to take it one day at a time, write down and have a game plan — this includes weekends, which are the toughest for nine out of 10 people — and to have faith that if you are physically active most days per week (surgeon general guidelines) and do your best to eat enough fruits, veggies and quality protein, then time is on your side. You just have to stay in it long enough for the compound effect of the small simple decisions to add up.”

Rich Munn, Muscle by MUNN:

“When someone is going to try to improve their health and fitness it’s a lifestyle change. It’s not about lifting weights or running or going to yoga class. It’s more about putting yourself in situations that will allow you to lift weights go running and go to yoga class. I would suggest people think about their lifestyle and their daily routine. How can they adjust their daily routine so they have time to fit in a workout regimen? The other part of health and fitness is nutrition. In the fitness world, we talk about a 70:30 ratio, which means it’s 70 percent nutrition and 30 percent workout in order to make the changes you want to make. People have to make adjustments in their lifestyle to get the proper nutrition. People also need to think about a timetable. It’s going to take time for those changes to become habits. The final thing I would mention would be to get professional advice or consultation. You wouldn’t buy a house without using a realtor, and you wouldn’t perform an operation on yourself without a doctor, so why would you begin a fitness regimen without consulting a fitness professional. Nothing is more important than your health.”

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