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‘New Year, New Me’: Fitness resolutions may require lifestyle change

Shauna Attaway, Fort Rucker fitness specialist, leads students during a kickboxing group fitness class at Fortenberry-Colton Physical Fitness Center. (Photo by Nathan Pfau)

Shauna Attaway, Fort Rucker fitness specialist, leads students during a kickboxing group fitness class at Fortenberry-Colton Physical Fitness Center. (Photo by Nathan Pfau)

Published: January 7, 2015

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (Jan. 7, 2015) -- “New year, new me.” That’s one saying that many people start their New Year with, but many also find that change can be hard to create.

That’s why Lynn Avila, Directorate of Morale, Welfare and Recreation fitness programs coordinator, wants to remind people when making their fitness resolutions for the year, they have a myriad of fitness programs and equipment at their disposal on Fort Rucker to help them meet their fitness goals.

Oftentimes, people tend to make resolutions and lose the drive to push on only weeks into the new year, said Avila, and that’s due to the fact that fitness resolutions shouldn’t be made lightly as they are not just a change in some routines, but a change in lifestyle.

“This should be a life change, not just something to do to lose weight for a few days or weeks,” she said. “When it comes to fitness and health, every positive change is a life-long change.”

One mistake Avila said people often make is taking too much on at one time.

“Making too many changes at one time can set one up for failure, so people should attempt to make small changes each week that will eventually lead to a new, healthier lifestyle,” said the fitness programs coordinator.

In order for people to better stick to their resolutions, Avila suggests that they start off slow with little changes to their regimen.

“Start off by making a few subtle changes at a time,” she said. “Attempt one new change a week and when it comes to the gym, don’t jump in with five days a week. Start off slow, maybe three days a week, and add days as it fits your needs.”

Fitness doesn’t just start and end with working out, said Avila, but includes changes in eating habits, as well.

“Diet is very important in any fitness goal,” she said. “You should make a conscious effort to drink more water instead of sugary drinks, and then next you might try a new salad for lunch instead of having your regular burger – take it in steps.”

As with many activities, fulfilling ones fitness goals can seem easier to take on with a partner, but one who is motivated to push you harder, said the fitness programs coordinator.

“A partner can give you accountability to meet and make sure you’re sticking to a program and new changes,” she said. “It can be fun and even a little competitive.”

Additionally, the Fort Rucker physical fitness centers offer classes with instructors to help people stay motivated. Taking a class can be a great way to help meet fitness goals with other like-minded people looking to maintain similar goals, she added.

When getting into the routine of working out, Avila said that many people can hit a plateau where they feel they stop seeing results, and when people get to that point, the last thing they should do is give up or get discouraged.

“Always check your diet if you hit a plateau and make sure you’re not over training,” she said. “This is also where a personal trainer can be beneficial in a training program.”

Avila said that a personal trainer may be able to offer new approaches to a workout that people might not have thought to do before. Workouts can also become repetitive and lose their fun factor, and that’s where fitness classes can also come in handy to switch things up and keep workouts interesting, she said.

Fitness classes and programs are offered at both the Fort Rucker Physical Fitness Center and Fortenberry-Colton Physical Fitness Center.

For more information on classes, call 255-2296 or 255-3794.

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