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Local gym owners give some tips on sticking with New Year’s resolutions

Emily Wenger

Local gym owners say consistency is key to keeping those New Year's resolutions throughout the year.

Many focus on health at the start of each year, determined to shed some extra pounds gained during the holiday season, or start a new exercise program or diet.

Owners of both The Gym for Every Body, formerly Windsor Health Club, and Official Fitness said attaining the consistency that is so pivotal to a healthy lifestyle is not easy.

They gave the following tips on getting started and staying on track:

1. Seek advice

Seeking the advice of an expert can help beginners reach their goals and stay on track, said Liz Grosul, an owner of The Gym for Every Body. Co-owner Eric L'Orange agreed.

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"It's just like why you'd hire a tax person to do your taxes," he said.

People can get hurt when they do not learn proper form during exercises, Grosul said.

That's one reason she and L'Orange staff their gym from 7 a.m.-4 p.m., and why Official Fitness's instructors are on site from 5 a.m.-6 p.m., even though both gyms offer 24-hour access to some members.

Both locations also have open floor plans, so the instructors can keep an eye on members and help out if they notice someone doing an exercise in a way that could cause an injury.

Because diet is a large part of weight loss and fitness, Grosul said a trainer or nutritionist can be a valuable tool in setting a meal plan and sticking to it.

Experts can also help people stay motivated to go to the gym on a regular basis, through personal encouragement and setting up a schedule.

Ethan Townsend, who owns Official Fitness with Clay Adams, said they also offer monetary motivation for members who go to the gym at least three times each week: the next month is half-off.

It's working, too, he said. Last month 50 percent of the gym's members attended at least three times per week.

2. Do something you love

While L'Orange said he sees spikes in gym memberships in January less than he did when he started working as a trainer in the 80s, he still sees some people each year start an exercise program and then quit after a month or two after their excitement over a New Year's resolution peters out.

Focusing on an exercise people enjoy can be a big part of making a lifestyle change, reaching goals and becoming physically fit, he said.

Townsend said trying a variety of activities or classes can be a good way to find out what exercise is most enjoyable. People who enjoy swimming should probably check out the Windsor Community Recreation Center rather than his gym, Townsend said, gesturing to the room filled with weights and other equipment that makes up Official Fitness.

But someone who likes lifting weights, CrossFit, or other training might enjoy Official Fitness, he said.

That's one reason Grosul and L'Orange offer hour or half-hour classes, as well as kickboxing. If one doesn't work for someone, they can try something different.

3. Set reasonable, clear goals and have patience

Townsend said he encourages his gym members to focus on 1 percent gains each day. Eating healthier, he said, that could mean eating a bison burger rather than beef, and getting a sweet potato bun instead of white bread.

That includes exercise as well, he said. While people often want to see progress quickly or jump into a new exercise regimen, just walking a little faster than yesterday is a good start, he said, or adding just a little more weight to a lifting routine.

Goals need to be measurable, too, L'Orange said. A goal of just "getting healthy" doesn't really give a way to measure progress, and people can become discouraged, he said. But something like having a goal of loosing 10 pounds, or lifting a certain amount can help people see the progress they are making, and continue to work until that goal is met before setting another one.

Tracking that progress, Townsend said, can also help people stay motivated and feel like they're doing something worthwhile.

All agreed patience is one of the most important parts of making sure New Year's resolutions last.

Tips on healthy New Year’s resolutions

The Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment has a few tips from the department to help create healthy, practical and effective New Year’s resolutions:

» Practice self-care: For many people, the holidays are a time of joy, socialization and celebration. However, for some, holidays can bring about feelings of anxiety, depression and grief. Following this holiday season and throughout the year, it’s important to practice self-care. Strategies like talking to a trusted family member or loved one, seeking or reconnecting with behavioral health services at the first sign of a change and setting positive goals are excellent ways to address these challenges quickly.

» Eat healthy and add physical activity: Individuals can strengthen their immune system and reduce the likelihood of weight gain by learning how to read nutrition labels, creating smaller servings of food, reducing or eliminating soda with water as the first beverage of choice, and setting aside time each day for physical activity, such as walking.

» Quit Smoking: The Colorado Quitline provides resources to those ready to quit smoking. This 24-hour service provides coaching and support over the phone to individuals trying to reduce their risk of health problems associated with smoking.

» Lend a helping hand: Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based curriculum that helps the public identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders in youth and adults. Research has shown that those trained in Mental Health First Aid have greater confidence in providing help to others and are more likely to advise people to seek professional help. North Range Behavioral Health offers Mental Health First Aid training. To learn more or to register for a class go to http://www.northrange.org/resources/mental-health-first-aid/.

For more information on Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment services and resources, go to http://www.weldhealth.org.

If you go

The Gym for Every Body

Address: 1293 Main Street, Suite 2

Phone: (970) 686-2582

Email: contact@thegymforeverybody.com

Official Fitness

Address: 1297 Main St, Unit 1

Phone: (833) 639-2348

Email: ETownsend@Official-Fitness.com