Losing weight and getting healthy are the most common New Year’s resolutions, but how do people keep that energy going long after the ball drops?
Fitness Instructor Jennifer Griffin of Anna has several tips to keep people active and healthy long into the New Year.
“When you decide what you want your New Year’s resolution to be, you need to make sure it’s something that’s realistic,” Griffin said.
People who are looking for quick results, or quick fixes are often disappointed she said, and more likely to quit before they reach their goal.
When individuals set realistic expectations and make plans they can follow, they are more likely to succeed Griffin said.
One way individuals can do this is to assess their current lifestyle, by counting up calories, looking at how often they eat out and their exercise routine. Comparing that information to what they want their lifestyle to be will illustrate how much change is needed and will allow them to set a time frame.
Griffin advises people not to make too many changes at once. Trying to throw away every processed food item in the house at once while simultaneously starting a new workout routine may not be the best choice for long-term success.
“One small step at a time adds up to very large changes,” she said.
At P31 Fitness, an all women fitness class where Griffin teaches, she explains to women they shouldn’t expect to see results before 8-12 weeks, but some women don’t listen.
“They just think ‘Oh my gosh, this isn’t working. I’ve made all these changes and nothing is happening,’” she said. “You know you’ve got to be patient, you’ve got to do it right, you’ve got to do it realistic and if you’ll just stick with it and make it a lifestyle, it will work.”