How To Keep New Year's Fitness Resolutions

By John W. Davis

January 9, 2011 Updated Jan 9, 2011 at 7:18 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Many of us do it... set New Year's resolutions, only to "break them" before spring.

The number one resolution on many people's list: lose weight/exercise more.

"I don't wanna be one of those people that's here in January and gone in March," said New Year's Workout Resolutioner Dennis Hettler.

However, Spiece Fitness Group Fitness Director Lisa Click said many people are overzealous.

"People tend to over due it, and then they get sore, or they injure themselves, instead of just slowly going into and thinking of it as a life change," said Click.

For others the daily grind seems to get in the way.

"Really my work schedule," said New Year's Resolutioner Amy Parrish, while working out at Spiece Fitness.

"But I think this year, I'm just gonna have to carve out the time and make it a bigger priority," said Parrish.

Experts revealed that if you want to exercise more this year, setting specific, yet realistic goals is key.

"Absolutely, it's about small goals," exclaimed Click.

"It's about taking your entire week at a time, and saying what can I do, what can I fit in this week," finished Click.

Meanwhile, fitness centers are filled with eager resolutioners every January.

However, it is the ones who create small goals, that are more likely to avoid burnout by spring.

"Usually in January, I'll try to clean up my diet. Then I'll try to incorporate cardio and weights and the diet. All three together," Hettler said explaining his 2011 workout plan.

"Just kinda setting a routine, some designated workout days and then trying to track my progress to make sure I'm on track," responded Parrish.

But we all know routines can grow stale.

Click shared newbies should add a different type of workout every week.

"Allowing yourself some variety, also keeps the participant from becoming bored with it," continued Click.

Another best practice, budget your workout time.

"If it's all planned in advance, you have such a higher opportunity to be successful than if you're just trying to wing it and throw things," said Click.

Meanwhile, don't be afraid to ask for help.

"Ask the fitness instructors where you go for help. That's what they're there for," said Click.

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