Monday, January 4, 2010

New Year’s Resolutions

Every year at this time, people flock to gyms across the country as a result of their New Year’s resolutions. This is great, as people rightly want to get into shape. I am thrilled to see new faces, as well as some we haven’t seen in a while, join our gym at the start of the year. However, joining a gym is obviously only the first step. Our goal is to get each of you to incorporate fitness as an integral part of your lifestyle. In other words, we still want to see you here in February, April, and even in December. A gym membership only does any good if it is used, and used frequently. To that end, I would like to make some suggestions to help you keep coming to the gym regularly:

  • Enjoy your time in the gym. The best way to make any new venture enjoyable is to learn as much as you can about it.
  • Make sure to take advantage of the orientation included with your membership. If you do not know what this is, ask your salesperson to explain and set up an appointment for you.
  • Look for information online.
  • We encourage you to browse the books in the juice bar. The books are there for you!
  • Make coming to the gym a habit. Come at the same time each day so it becomes part of your routine. Lay out your gym clothes the night before. Do whatever you need to make getting to the gym as effortless as possible.
  • Commit to coming to the gym three times a week for one month. Do it!! 3x a week in January; 12 times. If you get through that first month, you’ve proven to yourself that you can succeed.
  • Set small, attainable goals. The idea of losing 25 pounds might be overwhelming. But losing five pounds in five weeks, 1 pound a week – that YOU CAN DO! A personal trainer could set you up with a routine and realistic goals.
  • Come with a buddy. It is harder to break a commitment to someone else than to yourself. Besides, the time goes much more quickly when you workout with a friend.
  • Make new friends in the gym. The “regulars” who work out at the same time each day become like a family to one another. Soon, you will be missed when you do not show up, and will feel the need to get to the gym, if only to meet your friends’ expectations.
  • Results - If you hang in there for at least one month, you will begin to see results. You will look and feel better. Results that will motivate you to keep coming and pushing yourself for even more improvement.
  • Finally – If you find yourself slipping, send me an e-mail. I’m here to help you. I mean it:

Wishing you, this year and every year the best of health,

1 comment:

  1. Excellent advice! Thanks for offering your support as well.