Keeping your resolutions: Pick something new to stick to
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - If your New Year's resolution is to "get in shape" once again, maybe it's time to try something new to meet that goal.
Those who stick with a New Year's resolution to get in shape find an activity that boosts happiness.
Dance Tribe dancer Samantha Reynolds said, "I love that you can have the worst day in the world, and come into the studio, work really hard and it's like every emotion that you've ever experienced goes away."
But maybe for some people finding their fitness for happiness isn't easy and neither is sticking with it. Business health expert and director of St. Elizabeth Business Health Serfices, Tina Legris, said making a New Year's resolution is a great idea, "If it gets you motivated for a couple of months, I think that that's great. The problem is keeping yourself motivated into month three, four, and five."
So she suggests people commit to do an activity with other people. People can do that, she said, with any dance class or group activity. Dance Tribe works to get people in shape because it uses new muscles and gets people out of the routine. But if dance isn't their thing there's other things that are new workouts that might make the list.
Kangaroo fitness lets people bounce their way to a better body. Mixed martial arts and ladies kickboxing can give self-defense moves as well as a great workout. Cyclebar cycling lets people sit and get fit. Pure Barre fitness helps people build strength with ballet moves.
People can find a friend for cold weather walking or running or even weight training at the gym. And if people need flexibility, partnering with a friend for yoga indoors or outside may be the best bet.
The quickest way to end a New Year's resolution, athletic trainer Logan Kremer said, was to hurt the body instead of help it.
Michelle Svec, exercise physiologist at St. Elizabeth Cardiac Rehab said focusing on health goals such as lowering blood pressure or boosting energy or mood, rather than scales or mileage, can also help people stay with a New Year's resolution to get in shape.
Svec said, "When you do exercise your body produces hormones, the feel good hormones called endorphins that help relieve stress and anxiety and depression."