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For Kids (preventing childhood obesity) Diabetes Education Make Fitness Part of Your New Year’s Resolution Losing weight or getting in shape falls right behind saving more money on America’s list of top New Year’s resolutions. In the weeks following Jan. 1, new gym-goers will be bustling around with the greatest of intentions for living a healthier year. But as history has shown, the road to the gym exit is paved with good intentions. Nobody sets a fitness resolution anticipating it will fail, but unfortunately many do. Unrealistic fitness goals and intense workout schedules set a lot of people up to feel unaccomplished and burned out early in the year. Here are some goal-setting suggestions to keep you on track after the confetti falls: Enjoy working out Yes, it’s actually possible. Many people make the mistake of hitting the gym hard at the start of the new year with routines that are too strenuous. For someone new to the world of fitness, this high-frequency and high-intensity schedule can lead to fatigue. It’s better to find a routine you can stick with and one you actually enjoy. Participating in a group exercise class is a great way to not only meet people who can keep you motivated but it can lead you to discover a workout you love. Inspira Fitness Connection members have access to more than 60 group exercises a week, including Zumba, spin and yoga. Step outside your comfort zone and give something new a try. Supervision and guidance from a personal trainer can also help with accountability and setting realistic goals. It’s all in the details Instead of setting a big picture resolution that reads something like, “I want to be healthier,” try zeroing in on something more specific. What exactly does “healthier” look like for you? Does it mean getting to the gym once a week? Twice? Does it mean trying a new class? Are you focused on weight loss? Strength training? Thinking more deeply about what tangible changes you can make in your life will help you set them in motion and hold yourself accountable. Make it a well-rounded effort It’s not all about swiping your gym pass. In order to see results from the work you’re putting in on your workout routine, you’re also going to have to pay some attention to your diet. The same advice for setting realistic expectations should be applied to your dietary health. If you make dramatic changes and hold yourself to strict rules you know are not sustainable in the long run, you’re not likely to stay disciplined. Focus on eating a well-balanced diet with lots of fruits, vegetables and less saturated fat and sugars. Inspira offers outpatient nutrition counseling to assist you with your health and wellness goals. For more information, call (856) 696-3924 (x60631). To schedule a free tour of Inspira Fitness Connection ahead of the new year, call (856) 696-3924.