It’s a New Year, so a new you right? The most common desire when the calendar rolls over to January is to make ourselves a little more trim and healthy. Sometimes however, those New Year’s fitness resolutions aren’t always the easiest to stick with.
“Sometimes it’s hard because you didn’t build your bad habits in a day, or a week, or a month. So your not going to create necessarily great new habits in a day, or a week, or a month,” said YMCA Senior Director Of Operations, Trisha Tousant.
Tousant suggests that in order to achieve our 2017 fitness goals, it is best to not go in alone. “Really what we find is that people are most successful when they join with and commit to being active with a friend,” she added.
Brad Ginther and Jason Keast are YMCA members who workout together consistently and said it is crucial to staying motivated. “It makes a huge difference, I can’t tell you how many days I say ‘I don’t want to go to the gym’, he shoots me a text and says ‘yeah, we’re going to the gym’,” said Keast.
“Probably try and find someone the same level as you, so you can push each other. You know you can put on a weight and go, ‘I got six reps’ and the other person go “oh, I got seven, try and beat that’,” said Ginther.
Yolanda Anderson another YMCA member exercises not only to build her physical health, but her mental health as well. “It’s not about the body, it’s about my mind and my soul. So at this moment I am trying to feed it, to get it correct, so everything else flows together,” Anderson added.
“We do believe that exercise and fitness are very important. Diet is very important, but the rest of your being is important too and so don’t lose sight of that balance,” added Tousant.
Tousant also suggested that in order to make the most of 2017, set goals that are small and achievable.