If getting a gym membership made your list of resolutions, trainers say working out is just as important as setting goals.
“A lot of times what happens is people will have a big audacious goal of, let’s just say, lose 50 lbs in this year, which is fantastic. However, sometimes where we miss the boat is those smaller steps and goals to get to the larger goal,” said Steve Safranek a personal trainer at Life Time Fitness. “Nutrition plays a huge role. Also having an understanding of what are you going to do when you fail?”
Safranek said failure is inevitable in your fitness journey but setting smaller goals can help you achieve your larger resolution. Whether you want to get fit or lose a couple pounds, he said it can also make a huge impact on your mental health,
“One of the most overused drugs there are that will help increase anxiety, depression is alcohol. Fitting that we just got out on New Year’s Eve, and one of the most underutilized antidepressant drugs is exercise,” he said.
Safranek said also getting enough sleep, maintaining a nutritious diet, reducing your stress are also key steps in leading a healthier lifestyle.
He said it’s okay to fail but just remember you don’t have to wait an entire year to restart.