TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) – If getting fit is one of your resolutions for the new year, use these tips to help see your goal realized.
For starters, if it’s your first time heading to the gym, don’t be afraid – you’ll be one of many new faces.
Theresa Raychel, the Fitness Director at the Best Fitness in Tonawanda, says, “Every year there’s all these people who come in, they have great goals, great ambition for losing weight.”
But every year, many people who make fitness-related goals for the new year lose that ambition soon after.
“A lot of people join and they don’t know what to do,” Raychel says.
Her advice: planning ahead. Raychel says it can make all the difference in keeping your resolution. She says your overall plan should include several smaller goals.
“You want to have those benchmarks along the way to and then as you achieve those that keeps you motivated, like, ‘Hey, I did this,’ and now I’m reaching toward this goal and keeping them on track and you’ll stay in it for the long term,” she says.
Trainers are one way to keep yourself motivated. Pat Brey says he’ll often call clients to make sure they get to the gym.
“Like a push, not so much pressure just encouragement from an outside source, not just yourself,” Brey says.
A push that a good workout buddy can also provide.
Caitlin Brooks says, “It helps going with friends too if you get someone to go with you, you can push each other.”
This year some workouts are expected to grow in popularity. The American College of Sports Medicine ranked high intensity interval training as the number one trend of 2014. It involves short bursts of activity followed by short breaks.
The same survey shows Zumba, a Latin-dance inspired fitness class, is slowly losing popularity. But popular or not, these trainers say something is always better than nothing.
“Definitely give something a shot, don’t be intimidated, don’t be shy to try something new and if you don’t like it move on to the next thing.”