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How to make that health-related New Year’s resolution stick

Starting the new year as a fitter and healthier version of yourself is a popular resolution, but it’s sticking with it that presents the real challenge. Crunch Fitness certified personal trainer Jon Richardson sees it at the beginning of each year, and coaches people to stay dedicated to their new lifestyle.

According to a report done by Statista, three of the top four resolutions for 2021 were health- and fitness-related, with more exercise and increased fitness coming in first.

That can only result in larger crowds in the weight room during the first few weeks of the new year. Richardson recommends keeping your schedule flexible when it comes to what time you choose to work out.

What You Need To Know

  • According to a report done by Statista, three of the top four resolutions for 2021 were health- and fitness-related, with more exercise and increased fitness coming in first
  • Success takes place when an individual sets realistic goals, along with having a partner to join them
  • “Always remember what brought you through these doors,” said Richardson. “Always think about what was the reason that you came in here today, or when you came in here the first time”

“I always tell individuals, find a time in which you feel comfortable,” said Richardson. “There are periods of time where it’s busy, then there are times where it’s not as busy. If you find yourself uncomfortable with the number of people at the gym at that time, maybe try and come in a little bit earlier or later, when the gym is at a different capacity.”

Many people that hit the weight room or treadmill in a busy gym for the first time feel a sense of “gymtimidation,” or anxiety and intimidation when trying to figure out what works best for them.

Richardson works with new clients and sees how easily it can effect a workout or goal.

“Always remember what brought you through these doors,” said Richardson. “Always think about what was the reason that you came in here today, or when you came in here the first time.”

Richardson says the biggest hurdle is mental, and remembering their goal is what helps to keep showing up.

“I always tell people to keep an open mindset. No one is trying to hurt you at the gym,” said Richardson. “I do understand that sometimes we get a little overwhelmed by what’s going on around us, but focus on what you’re doing, what your goals are and you’ll be fine.”

Other keys to success include setting attainable and realistic goals, along with doing it with someone for accountability.

Richardson’s group fitness classes help build that community, and often result in smaller group sessions with his personal training program.

“Meeting people that hold you accountable is what’s going to keep you motivated as well,” said Richardson.

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