With the coming of the new year comes the chance for self improvement and a fresh new start. From wanting to improve one’s health to wanting to save more in the coming year, many people make new year’s resolutions on how to improve themselves.
The U.S. News & World Report reported that 80 percent of all resolutions fail, with the majority dropping off by mid-February. Improved health, including eating better and exercising, traditionally makes up more than half of new year’s resolutions.
Shawn Teamann, owner of Nautilus Family Fitness, said planning and setting goals can help people achieve realistic goals when it comes to improving fitness. Teamann said he traditionally sees an influx of new people at his gyms about two weeks into the new year, in what he referred to as a “reset switch.” By comparison, December is among the slower of the months of the year, despite heavier meals and parties.
“I believe some people come in with specific goals in mind while others come in generally wanting to lose weight or tone up a little bit,” Teamann said.
Despite the perception, Teamann said the percentage of people falling off of exercise plans doesn’t increase in the weeks following the new year. With the influx, however, it increases the number of people at the gym, resulting in that drops when many back away from resolutions.
Teamann recommended that anyone who wants to improve their fitness work alongside a trainer to set goals specific to their body type. While many people instantly gravitate toward cardio exercises for weight loss, there are other types that might be more impactful.
As all people are different, no exercise regime will work for everyone, Teamann said. With the assistance of a trainer, Teamann said individuals can focus on their own goals rather than trying to use a cookie-cutter plan.
Another key aspect of success is being able to track your progress in a meaningful way, Teamann said. Through this tracking, being goal oriented and setting deadlines, people can make their progress meaningful and tangible.
“If you can’t track your goals, you can’t see if you are still on track or not,” he said.