It's been two weeks since most people made their New Year's resolutions and it's right about the time that many are broken -- especially for those that make the pledge to get fit.
Why are the new routines so hard to stick with? How can you avoid being one of the many statistics? According to some estimates, upwards of 60 percent of gym memberships go unused each year.
Joe Alvarez, owner of Your Fitness Center in Brandon, believes staying with your commitment requires a well thought-out plan and, for some, a personal trainer to make sure you follow that plan.
"Day one, if you haven't been in the gym for a while, you definitely want to take it slow," said Alvarez.
To get your workout off on the right foot, start on a treadmill. Getting the blood flowing is essential to avoid an early injury.
"About two to three miles per hour," Alvarez continued.
Next it's all about the stretch.
"A very important muscle to stretch out is your hamstrings," he explained. "It's definitely one of the biggest muscles in your legs. The way we are going to start [from a sitting V-position] is to take your opposite hand and reach to your opposite foot."
Sounds pretty simple. So why so many excuses?
"People come up with all kinds of excuses," Alvarez said. "It boils down to the fact of you not necessarily liking the fact that you have to go and work out."
Now we're getting somewhere.
"A very critical exercise for everybody is going to be squats," continued Alvarez. "It's going to be doing a lot of body parts. It's going to be doing thighs, going to be doing hamstrings."
If you've never done it, it's highly recommended that you get someone to teach you the correct technique.
"You want to start almost like your sitting in a chair," Alvarez demonstrated. "You're putting your butt out first. You always want to be looking up. Pick a spot up on the ceiling in front of you."
Still not seeing what's so difficult?
"Most people are procrastinators, myself included," admitted Alvarez. "We try to wait as long as possible to get done what we have to get done. It's the same thing with working out. You have to make it a mindset to say, I want to look great 10 years from now. Not just to look great, but to feel great. You want to do it for the health."
To reach those results requires a lifestyle change -- the mixture of the right work with the right kind of nutrition.
"You want to look at this way. You've invested the time now to have the time later," Alvarez added.
Quitting on your New Year's resolution doesn't hurt anyone but yourself. Don't make the mistake that many others do of waiting for the next New Year's to recommit.
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