All Aboard The Health & Fitness Bandwagon The most popular new year's resolutions are related to weight loss and fitness.

It's January 8th. You've made it one full week into the New Year. If you're one of the 21% that resolved to lose weight or work on getting fit in 2017, you're probably still going strong. But by the end of the month, 16% of those that make resolutions will lose focus, determination, and end up quitting.

The key to success is making smaller goals. because they are more achievable. Making a weekly or monthly goal will make the larger goal seem less daunting. It will also give you more chances to celebrate your accomplishments and encourage you to stay the course.

"You're going to have to change your diet and start to burn more calories if you are hoping to lose weight" says Carleen Jones, certified Trainer. Finding a gym that fits your needs and schedule can be challenging. Jones says that trial memberships are a great way to see if the facility has what you're looking for and if you feel comfortable. Most gyms offer a free day and some even offer a free week pass to try before you commit.

Jones also stresses the importance of the free training session that most gyms offer. She says "this is a great way to get some tips on how to achieve your ultimate goal and get a more customized workout plan"
Don't be afraid to try new classes and get out of your comfort zone. Change is never comfortable. Remember, you aren't going to be the only new person in the class and everyone is there for a common goal to get fit!
Working out is important for weight loss, but a poor diet can make it hard to lose weight no matter how many hours you spend in the gym.

One of the biggest misconceptions Jones repeatedly hears from her clients is that they can eat what ever they want as long as they are working out. But Jones is quick to set them straight. She wants them to know that "hard work put in the gym can easily be ruined by what you are putting in your mouth."

An easy way to stay accountable with your diet is to do some meal prepping for the week. Make breakfasts and lunches that are healthy that you can grab and go. The most common reason people eat poorly is because they don't have enough time to cook.

Paula Wolfe, registered dietician, suggests that her clients eat six small meals a day. She says "eating every two hours will leave you feeling more satisfied. People tend to grab unhealthy snacks when they are hungry." Snacking can be done as long as you are choosing a piece of fruit rather than a bag of chips.

Food that is colorful is often times the best option. "The more colorful the plate of food the better it will be for you," says Wolfe. Planning out your meals and snacks for the week will help you achieve your short term and long term goals.

Made with Adobe Slate

Make your words and images move.

Get Slate

Report Abuse

If you feel that this video content violates the Adobe Terms of Use, you may report this content by filling out this quick form.

To report a Copyright Violation, please follow Section 17 in the Terms of Use.