CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Now that March has arrived, many Americans who have set New Year’s resolutions find themselves falling behind in meeting their goals.
Kevin Ogden, special programs coordinator at Summit Health’s Results Therapy & Fitness, has seen these challenges first hand. “The new year is a symbol of rebirth, which makes it a great time to start working on self-improvement, but sticking to New Year’s resolutions takes prolonged commitment and patience,” he said.
“Unfortunately, people often get excited but don’t plan wisely, which can lead to early failure. In the end, roughly 8 percent of the American population follows through on their New Year’s resolutions.”
For those who want their 2017 resolutions to stick, Ogden shares these four suggestions with his Results Therapy & Fitness members:
- Define what you want. Build muscle? Lose weight? Train for a new sport? Run a 5K race? All of these goals will have very different training plans and in some cases goals can conflict with each other. For example, it will be very difficult to gain muscle and lose a significant amount of weight simultaneously.
- Figure out exactly how much time you are able to carve out. The American College of Sports Medicine may suggest 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week. However, if you are currently fitting in zero minutes into your weekly schedule, 150 minutes is not a realistic goal. Start small, and build up gradually. Ten to 15 minutes, two to three days a week is a great place to start for many individuals.
- Make sure you are being efficient with that time. For example, if your goal is to lose weight, only doing sit ups each morning is not going to be as effective as walking, using a treadmill, or jogging outside.
- Finally, remember your time outside the gym is equally important. Even if you meet the recommendation of 150 minutes a week, that leaves 9,930 minutes away from the gym or exercise. Stay as active as you can, and maintain a healthy diet. Remember any type of movement or activity burns calories.
To learn more about Results Therapy & Fitness, including services offered and how to become a member, please call (717) 262-4650 or click here.
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