La PORTE – “New Year, new you – blah, blah, blah.” We’ve all heard the same empty promises so often, it’s become an annual cliché: “This is the year I’m finally going to do it. I’m going to eat smarter, exercise more often, and get healthy.” And yet, time and time again, we fail to keep those promises. So, what’s the secret? How do those other people lose weight, tone up, and gain energy? To find out, we asked the experts at Anytime Fitness.
“Healthy happens when commitment comes with a coach,” said Kevin Scott, the regional manager of Anytime Fitness in La Porte. “You can have all the best intentions in the world, but almost no one makes long-lasting changes in their lifestyle without the support and encouragement of a coach who truly believes in them. The first secret to achieving your fitness goals is finding someone with the expertise to provide you with proper instructions—and that same person needs to genuinely care about you as an individual.”
Scott says all new members at his gyms are given a free personalized fitness assessment.
“It’s a great way for our coaches to get to know our new members on a personal level,” Scott said. “The assessments help our coaches understand each member’s strengths and weaknesses. We also talk about specific goals. Losing weight is not everyone’s primary goal. Some members are more concerned about increasing their strength or improving their balance, so they can play with their grandchildren. The fitness assessments help members and coaches build a caring relationship between each other.
Making fitness fun
Scott says the 2nd key to achieving your fitness goals is to take the ‘dread’ out of exercise.
“Nobody looks forward to doing something they hate,” said Scott. “That’s why we like to mix it up at Anytime Fitness. An hour on a treadmill or an elliptical machine can be boring as heck. We encourage our members to try new things—inside and outside the gym— like obstacle course races, biking, weightlifting, or small group training sessions. There are countless ways to have fun while burning calories and shaping up. If your fitness coach can’t help you find a way to have fun while you’re exercising, then it’s time to find a new fitness coach.”
Accountability is key
Making a promise to yourself to be disciplined is a good start, but making that promise to someone else is much more effective.
“Our most successful members exercise regularly with a trainer, a friend, or with others in one of our small group training sessions,” said Scott. “You’re more likely to show up to the gym if you know others are counting on you to do so. And after all is said and done, you never regret getting up early to work out. You feel great about yourself afterwards. The people with regrets are those who really want to lead healthy lifestyles, but fail to do so because they don’t have an actual plan or others who support them.”
Scott adds that, another important aspect of ‘accountability’ is tracking activity level and diet.
“Fitness tracking and meal tracking are easier than you might think,” said Scott. “Especially with the Anytime Fitness App®, the mobile app we provide to every new member for free. Keeping track of how often you move and what you eat can be extremely motivating. One good day often leads to several good days in a row. You don’t have to be perfect. Little victories can turn into major accomplishments. And, before you know it, you’ve reached your fitness goals.”
In addition to the free fitness app, new members who join Anytime Fitness between Jan. 1 and Jan. 11—for just $1—will receive a free Jump Start Training Package, valued at $100.
“Every year, millions of Americans resolve to lead healthier lifestyles, but fewer than 10 percent achieve their resolutions,” said Scott. “Those who succeed in making big changes are able to do so because they’re receiving excellent coaching and support, and they’re genuinely having fun at the gym. When that happens, exercise suddenly becomes a priority and, somehow, they find time they didn’t think they had to take care of themselves.”