2018 New Year's resolution: Keep your New Year's resolution past February
EUGENE, Ore. - Will the New Year mean a new you?
2018 is so close we can see it on the horizon, and with January 1 comes those New Year’s resolutions.
We went to a local gym to find out how we can beat the odds and keep our resolutions past February.
"January is New Year's resolution month, so everyone wants to get in shape, and we definitely see memberships skyrocket," said Paul Thomas, District Fitness Manager of International Fitness.
New Year’s Resolutions come with the best intentions, but consistency is hard to continue through the year. Thomas says it’s not easy and can sometimes seem like a chore so people taper off.
So how do you get past the hurdle and succeed with your New Year’s resolution?
Thomas says number one think small.
"Set a weekly goal," he said. "Have that end goal in mind but focus on the small day to day things that it takes. So maybe it's get to the gym four times a week."
So even if you do get ready and drive to the gym, trying to figure out the equipment can be daunting.
"Get a personal trainer, it's not cheating to get a personal trainer, it's not cheating to get into tribe team training, that just helps with accountability plus that just makes it fun and interesting,” Thomas said.
He also says one of the most important steps to staying healthy happens outside of the gym. That’s putting a large emphasis on nutrition.
"Write out what you're going to eat for a week and stick to it, even if you stick to 80 percent of it, at least there's a thought process behind it and there's a positive change," Thomas said.
It’s figuring out a good balance with the goal of changing your behavior in the long run. "The key is understand that it's slow steps across a bridge, not jumping across the river so start small,” said Thomas.
Also, don’t be too hard on yourself, everyone slips once in awhile. If you do, just jump back into it!