Keep fitness goals from fizzling out in the new year

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The holidays are a time to spend with the family, plenty of food, and for some packing on the pounds. While the pecan pie was good, with the New Year, people are often looking to shed some weight.

Have you ever planned to lose weight in the New Year? While it's easy to say that you're going to make a change, the hard thing is sticking to it.

As we walk into the New Year, many are already looking ahead, hoping to make big changes for 2011. "Losing weight, changing body composition, getting in better shape is always in the top three of New Year's resolutions," says Steve Bowen, who owns the NEA Wellness Center in Jonesboro. He says it's the same thing every year.

"For the past 20 years January has always been our busiest season," says Bowen, with folks ready to shift things into high gear and hit the gym.

"People are ready for those New Year's resolutions and they want to come in and workout and 1,000 calorie a day diet or some two hour workout and we find is that only not safe, but it's setting yourself up for failure," he says.

Bowen says if you want to win the race with weight lose, it's important to think more like the tortoise rather than the hare. "Make little changes that your body doesn't really notice you're making those changes. You tend to adapt to those a little easier. So we teach small changes in your diet, small changes in exercise," says Bowen, helping you accomplish the best results.

The key is to be consistent. "Whether it's two days a week, three days a week just being consistent, that's where you're going to find the success of whatever your fitness goals are," says Bowen.

Fitness goals that can not only benefit your health, but every aspect of your life. "I've always joked I'm selling snake oil here because whatever bothers you exercise and nutrition can absolutely fix it. There's no price you can put on your confidence level," says Bowen.

Bowen says bottom line, it's all about making a life style change and commitment that will help you reach your fitness goals.

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