Many people make a new year’s resolution to get in shape, but making it happen is a different story.
The Assistant Director for Health and Wellness at the Bangor YMCA, Rebecca Marino said ‘Don’t just be like “I want to lose weight, everyone wants to lose weight.’ Take the time to figure out how your goal will help you.”
Many gyms in the Bangor area can help you. Planet Fitness is a gym aimed for first-timers, while the Bangor YMCA gives people with all different fitness levels a ton of options.
Planet Fitness Employee, Anita Priesing, said “Some people come for rehabilitation. Some people come for weight loss. Some people come for “If you don’t use it you lose it.”
No matter the reason for going to the gym, trainers said they see a lot of people sign up in January, but by March, many of those faces disappear. So how can you keep the same motivation year-round?
“There’s a ton of research out there about how people who work out in groups tend to work out longer and they enjoy it more so they stay will it,” said Marino.
The Assistant Director for Health and Wellness at the Bangor Y said that’s why some people feel more motivated when they take classes.
Sharing goals with friends and family can also help keep you on track. Priesing said “They keep you accountable a lot of times. Where were you on Thursday?”
The most important thing is to be realistic and to talk to a trainer, many gyms offer free advice for members.
And if you want to stay in shape, Marino has advice to use in and out of the weight room. “Don’t bite off more than you can chew; start small.”