LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lose weight is one of the most common new year's resolutions for Americans. Trouble is, many people break the promise to themselves by Valentine's Day.
East Texas News visited Lufkin's Live Well fitness center to find out how to stick with the program all year long.
Live Well members had the fitness center pretty much to themselves Friday. Come Monday, they'll have company.
"If every month was January, everybody would want to be in the fitness business," said Grady Lowery, the president of the Live Well fitness center.
Right after New Year's is when well-intentioned people hit the gyms. That's when Lowery starts preaching.
"The seven Cs of starting a fitness program," Lowery said.
At the top of the list is commitment.
"I started a little over a year ago," said David Hodges, a Live Well member. It's going great. I come at least three times a week and look forward to keep coming."
That's because Hodges chooses "comfortable" exercise, which is right in line with what Live Well manager and trainer John Koch encourages.
"By the inch it's a cinch. By the yard it's hard," Koch said. "So, every day if you do a little bit, inch by inch by inch, working out is easy. But if you're one of those who tries to do all of it on the weekends or all of it at one time, once a month, that's very, very hard."
A coach, like Koch, will help you keep from making that mistake. Another way to keep from getting discouraged is to seek ...
"Companionship," Lowery said. "Have somebody else work out with you if you have a good friend, cause you can encourage one another."
It's helping for the ladies of a weight loss group. Hundreds of pounds have been shed thanks to the support they receive from one another.
Exercise consistency is useful. On busy days, nothing will be lost if you do just 20 percent of your normal routine.
Before long you'll see and feel a difference.
"Compare. Do a chart of your goals and your results so you can see," Lowery said. Measure your waistline and see how well you've done."
And last, but not least, surround yourself by a community of health conscience people.
"We all participate in the herd instinct," Lowery said. "If you're with people who want to do right, you do right."
The first full week of January is when fitness clubs will be at their busiest. Perhaps the seven Cs to fitness will help members keep their resolutions past the six-week breaking point.
Many fitness clubs offer special introductory rates this time of year. While trails and tracks provide free exercise spots.