We are only a few months into the year 2017. Are you still keeping up with your fitness resolution?
For many of us, New Year resolutions are often fitness related, and they usually don’t last very long. Every New Year many of us declare a variety of fitness goals. Often, we lose motivation early in the year. We become frustrated and say to ourselves, “I’ll try it again next year.”
New Year Resolutions are the worst! Am I right? It’s about time we all stop talking about what we want to do and just do it already. I’m no fitness guru, so I’m not going to be much help on the subject. But I know people. Well, not really, but on this occasion, I was fortunate enough to track down just the man for the job. Keith Goldstein is a fitness specialist at the AtlantiCare LifeCenter Fitness, right here at Tropicana Atlantic City. Keith agreed to share his thoughts on the subject, and with his experience and expertise, I knew I was in great hands.
Keith let me into his world, sharing which strategies to put into place, common resolution mistakes to avoid and personal experiences to learn from. So, if you are one of the millions who made a list of things you’re going to change about yourself this year, keep reading. Keith believes, “Getting your mind and body aligned with all your healthy lifestyle goals is essential for success.” So I took his plan of action and broke it down into a combination of three different factors for you to enjoy.
Be Specific and Realistic
According to Keith, “Most of the time people start January 1st and end up stopping a month or two later because of how hard it is. Fitness is not something you do for a short amount of time and then stop. It is a lifelong process and requires you to make it a lifestyle.”
The biggest key for new gym-goers is to make realistic and obtainable goals. Most people who set unrealistic goals become easily discouraged, making for an early exit. Make specific, short-term goals to keep you motivated. Keep those long-term goals in the back of your mind.
Always Have a Plan
New gym-goers often feel intimidated, wandering around with no plan of attack. Improvised workouts are usually ineffective, especially when it comes to new members. Ineffective workouts lead to unimpressive results, causing new members to become discouraged, and even quit. That could also lead to injuries, which could hamper your workouts. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Having a personal trainer can be a good investment for anyone just starting out.
But if you decide to do it on your own, try not to make it up as you go. Keith told me, “It’s important to decide exactly what it is that you want to work on each day in order to help reach your goals. Whether it is focusing on cardio, endurance, strength, flexibility, or a combination of these areas – have a strategy, so you won’t become overwhelmed. Many of my clients like to write down or electronically track their daily routines when they are on their own, and that really helps too.”
But in the end, Keith ultimately feels, “It All Comes Down to YOU!”
“Having a great support system is helpful. Surrounding yourself with those who live a healthy lifestyle and are into working out can help motivate you. My motto for being successful is that it takes hard work, time, and patience. Aim for three to five days a week, for about an hour each day. Lastly, stay consistent with your workouts and practice healthy eating habits. Eventually, you’ll reach your goals.”
Keith Goldstein has been a fitness specialist at AtlantiCare for nearly four years. He received his bachelor’s degree in health and exercise science, and he is nationally certified by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).
If you’re interested in the services of LifeCenter Fitness, visit http://www.atlanticare.org/index.php/lifecenter. AtlantiCare offers new members a fitness assessment and two free sessions with a trainer. Trainers help new members design customized workout programs aimed at meeting individuals’ fitness goals.