5 Fitness Professional's Advice on How to Achieve Your New Year's Health & Fitness Resolutions

At the beginning of every year, many people will make a resolution to improve their health and fitness. After the new year, the excitement of changing for the better fades and old habits return. Here are some tips from 5 fitness professionals on how to succeed in keeping your New Year's Resolutions. 


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Shea Leonard
O.W.N. Fitness

"Accountability. Responsibility. Control. Three things that all tie in to several aspects in life, and there is no difference when it comes to health and fitness. This is the time of “New Year’s Resolutions,” but without these three factors you WILL NOT succeed.

Once you have set your specific, attainable, time sensitive goals, you will need to find a way to achieve them. It helps to have different forms of accountability because humans are always resistant to change. It may be a coworker, spouse, fitness professional, app, etc. but in order for them to be effective, YOU need to be accountable for communicating with them honestly and following through.

Set specific “meet up” times and treat it like any other appointment. With a personal trainer, you have a set time and a set workout that you will accomplish. If they ask you what you ate and you tell them what you think they want to hear, it is just going to be frustrating for you both. You won’t see the results, and the trainer will not be able to effectively help you. That ties into responsibility. YOU and only you are responsible for whether or not you reach your goals. YOU are in control of what you eat, how much you sleep, and how much effort you put towards them. Take control, be responsible, and OWN IT!"

 


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Linnea Jensen


Renew and Restore

"In setting goals for the new year, I like to think more about how I want to feel, rather than something external. Resolutions can sometimes feel like they fell from the sky "lose weight, get healthy, drink less, stop smoking, run everyday". It's not that these are bad, they are wonderful things! But it can be helpful to go a bit deeper to understand how we want to feel, and why. For example "I want to feel empowered, strong, resilient, accomplished, in charge, vibrant" I think what's key about this is that in order to get that feeling, we have to take action. It lights a fire under a resolution like "get healthy". Actions create feelings, and continual action creates change. If you're still unclear on why you want what you want, keep digging-- ask yourself why until you get something that sticks, and is clear. This can help our goals have integrity, build sustainable change that contributes back to us, and fills us up."


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Sonja Demco
Demco Fitness

 

"When it comes to health and fitness resolutions you need to keep your goals simple. Keeping a simple goal and achieving that goal will have a snowball effect into having more goals throughout the year. It is less about the New Year and more about creating daily habits that set you up to live a healthier life. Achieving small goals have the greatest impact."


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"My number one thing with pursuing any new goals or habits is consistency. A lot of times we start into new workout programs with all of the enthusiasm fueled by bad holiday eating and the new year new you mentality. Then as January fades and the dull days of February set in we often start slacking and making excuses to not workout. That’s the key time when it’s important to just keep showing up. There’s a lot of power in momentum and just by keeping yourself in the game you’re likely to push past that lull and continue on to the new you you started out searching for. So no matter what, just keep showing up! If that means finding a new gym every month to keep things fresh, do it! If it means hiring a personal trainer or joining a small group to keep you accountable then DO IT! People with workout partners tend to stick around a lot longer than those flying solo. So no matter how you trick yourself into, just keep going and you’ll find yourself so much closer to your goals!" 


Jeremy Cheung

Jeremy Cheung
The Performance Fix

"It’s the new year and you want to get in shape…this is the year! Fast forward five months later and that rush to get in the gym in January has turned into a trickle by mid-year and almost nonexistent by the end of the year. Why? Because you came out of the gates too hot and tried to get ALL the workouts in a week (you know what I mean). The biggest mistake I see when new member comes to my studio is that they come in too frequently and end up burning out in a short period of time. Whether it’s constant soreness or it just becomes “one more thing they need to fit in”, they don’t pace themselves. 

If you haven’t been to the gym in years, set realistic goals. That might mean just once a week to start for the month of January, twice a week in February, etc until you find your groove. Make it a fun habit first before it becomes a chore. Keep in mind that anything is better than what you’ve been doing---nothing. I always tell my clients that a bad or short workout is still better than a missed workout…consistency is key!"