(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) In the new year, many have chosen to make getting and staying in shape one of their main goals for 2020.
"Whenever we go into a new decade that even places more of an emphasis on health and wellness," Sue White, CEO YMCA St. Joseph said.
With the dawn of a new year comes a rush of people looking to get in shape.
"A lot of times during this time of year there’s a lot of people you don’t necessarily see every day," Kalvin Hudson a gym regular at Genesis Health Club said.
Local gym regulars said the influx is common for the first few weeks and months of the year, but by March it slows down as people give up on their resolutions. For those who want to meet their goals this time, local fitness and health experts have some tips to share.
First, they recommend being committed to the goal even when going gets tough,
"You have to be able to make sacrifices and that’s the biggest shock for people," Mark Gomez, personal trainer YMCA said.
Second, is resisting the urge to bite off more than we can chew at one time, they said slow and steady is the key.
"If we load the perfect diet, and perfect exercise regimen usually it’s too much," Matthew Gillstrom, master trainer Genesis Health Club said. "We have to start one step at a time."
Finally, fitness experts recommend finding a group of people to work out with, group settings they said are typically better motivators.
"Motivation from outside sources or other people is a good way to get to the gym more often," Hudson said.
no matter how people approach their health in 2020 and beyond, health experts say just starting the process can make all the difference.
"It’s really important that you focus on your health and what you’re doing physically," White said.
Personal trainers said support is critical when introducing a new workout schedule. They also said 82% of people who join a gym quit after 60 days.