Gym managers say setting smaller goals along the way helps
by Mat Cohen
You’re not alone. According to Strava, a social network for athletes, most people don’t keep their New Year’s resolutions past Jan. 12. That’s when, just nearly two weeks after the start of the year, lack of motivation creeps out like a monster from under the bed.
Roughly 55 percent of resolutions are health-related, according to The Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, so how can we avoid biting off more than we can chew in early January?
Head trainer Kelsey Slotter from Planet Fitness at 240 E. Illinois St. has some ideas.
Slotter says finding other people with like-minded goals can keep people motivated.
“We offer free fitness training that is included with all our memberships,” she said. “Utilize group training classes to provide the encouragement, energy and motivation you need to reach your goals during the holidays.”
Lakeshore Sport & Fitness assistant general manager Luis Davila says having a solid foundation to grow upon and utilizing a fitness assessment the gym includes for new members, is important for hitting goals.
“It’s important for people to understand resources when setting fitness goals,” said Davila who explained that setting smaller goals can help along the way.
“One thing might not be the answer for the full year and you might need to change it up,” he said. “I think that’s critical to understand when people are setting their goal.”
Slotter believes enjoying small victories on the path to reaching a bigger goal is as important as celebrating the final accomplishment. Planet Fitness has a pizza party planned for January to keep the pressures of a resolution at bay.
“Ten minutes on the treadmill can lift your mood and help you get through the day,” Slotter said. “Schedules this time of year may not allow for a longer workout, which is okay, but just hit the gym when you can.”
For those with kids, Davila, a father, says the family member- ship at LSF which includes free childcare and a family play space is great for him.
“It’s hard for me to even come in and work out in the mornings,” he said. “Having that option during group classes, during your regular routine, that is an absolutely huge help as far as breaking a barrier to entry and a commitment to year-long fitness goals.”