Making fitness New Year's resolutions count for 2010
YAKIMA, Wash. - Getting in shape is often at the top of most New Year's resolution lists but it is also high on the ranking of resolutions that are commonly broken.
Staff at the Yakima Athletic Club say it's food that will make the difference in the new year. The month of January brings in more members than any other month for gyms but many will not be there by the end of 2010.
Rob Meinecke is the personal training director for the Yakima Athletic Club. He says making a practical resolution related to fitness has to include what you eat.
"If you're gonna eat it just be aware of how much you're gonna eat and also how much you're moving that day," he said.
Personal trainers say the key is consistency and accepting your fitness goal as a change in lifestyle. When it comes to how much you eat, you can adjust it based on how much exercise you plan to get on a given day.
"If you got time to crank out a two-hour workout," Meinecke said. "You can probably enjoy a little bit more food on that day."
Meinecke says 80 percent of any physical change is based on your food intake. So while you need to eat more than 1200 calories each day, you should adjust according to how much movement you get.
To help encourage its members to reach their fitness goals, many gyms in the area will start special promotions in early January with cash prizes.