HARLINGEN, Texas – Tomorrow marks the New Year with many people beginning their resolutions, many of which involve health and fitness.
Alex Mancillas, a personal trainer at Valley Baptist Fitness Center, says a common resolution is being more active and eating healthier.
Valley Baptist Fitness Center sees new faces in the first months of any year, but then slowly dies down.
“I mean, people, they just start out too fast, too quickly. The best thing to do is start out, find something you do enjoy, maybe even just doing a chore or coming to the gym and just starting off with a five or ten-minute walk,” said Alex Mancillas, a personal trainer with the Valley Baptist Fitness Center.
There are many reasons why people give up on their fitness goals, whether it’s finding time to work out or following a diet and workout plan, Mancillas says another reason is the lack of motivation.
“They’re doing so good for the first half of the year, and then they just start seeing them plateau, they start like ‘oh I don’t want to do this,’ or ‘I’ll go the next day’ or something in their everyday life just happens to get in the way so that’s where they start losing motivation slowly at the time,” said Mancillas.
Mancillas says going to the gym can become very boring for people, doing the same thing over and over again gets repetitive and people start to lose interest. To stay on track and committed, try going with a friend and switching it up.
“Come with a buddy, coming with a friend always makes it more fun, makes it more enjoyable. Just try to make it fun by changing it up all the time, maybe either every month or every two, three weeks,” said Mancillas.
If you’re planning on making health and fitness-related New Year’s resolutions, Mancillas says consistency and commitment will get you to the finish line.
To start your New Year’s fitness resolution there are many local gyms you can sign up for, and many outdoor parks to kick start your journey. It’s all about what works best for you.