Losing Weight for Your New Year's Resolution

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They're some of the most common New Year’s resolutions...go to the gym, lose weight, and get healthy.
But instructors say before you set that goal, you need to make sure it's attainable.

“Joining the gym doesn’t get you in shape, you got to have a vision and a purpose.” Synergy Health and Fitness owner Steve Cunningham said.

Synergy health and fitness owner Steve Cunningham says he sees it all too often.
People make New Year’s resolutions to come to the gym...but give up before results can happen.

“You don’t want someone to come in here in the gym and you try to jump in and do what everybody else is doing. You are going to leave discouraged in most cases. Oh I’m so bent out of shape I can’t do it, and then you're going to quit.” Cunningham said.

Trainers say if you want to be successful, you have to put down the big weights and start off small.

“Start off slow because the main thing I tell everybody that comes in here is we want people to leave here feeling better about themselves.” Cunningham said.

“Set a goal that’s reasonable for you if you want to lose weight maybe five or ten pounds would be you initial goal. And consider losing one or two pounds a week.” Max Fitness General Manager Jeff Hughey said.

And instructors say if you want to get in shape, you need to make a lifestyle change.

“70 percent of your results is going to be when you leave the gym.” Cunningham said.

This means you have to work on preparing healthier meals, and try to find hobbies that keep you active.
And if you still need that extra push to get in shape, bring in a support system.

“If you have a friend or family member or a partner you can talk and chat while you’re exercising and the days you don’t feel quite like going doing your exercise they'll motivate you.” Hughey said.

Instructors say keeping a food diary could also help you improve your eating habits and stay healthy.

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