As fitness experts, Jason Abbey, Managing Partner at Tinman Fitness, and Heather Abbey, Head Trainer at Tinman, strive to make their community a healthier place.
“We have all seen poor health take a toll on loved ones,” says Heather. “And we all want to set a good example of a healthy lifestyle for our kids. At Tinman, we work to help people keep healthy.”
“With people setting out to accomplish New Year’s resolutions, it is important to keep in mind a few things,” says Jason.
- Set goals. As simple as it seems, goals are an important way to keep you committed to a healthier lifestyle. One should set three different types of goals: realistic, short-term, and long term. “When you are setting out to carry out a fitness resolution, you should set realistic goals,” explains Heather. “A lot of people approach working out with unobtainable goals and become frustrated when they do not immediately see results.” You should set short-term goals to give you something to work toward, and then long-term goals should provide something to strive for after you reach your short-term goals. “A fitness resolution should be a lifestyle,” adds Jason. “You want to set the goals to cater to a lifestyle change so that you do not have to make the same resolution year after year.”
- Don’t get discouraged. You will not see results over night, and it is important to remember that losing weight and building muscle healthily takes time. In fact, it is a process that typically takes 3 to 4 months if you do everything correctly. “It happens all the time. The gym is packed in January but by March, they’re gone.” Jason reminds that fitness resolutions should become a lifestyle, but it is difficult to transition into a new routine with discouragement in the mix. “Get at least 30 to 60 minutes a day if you can. Some schedules don’t cater to that—if not, shoot for at least a minimum of 4 times a week. Each session should be a 45 minute high-intensity work out.”
- Find something you like. What do we look forward to more than chores? Well, a lot, actually. In fact, most of us hate chores. Naturally, accomplishing a resolution is very difficult when working out feels like a chore. “You need to get motivated for whatever you do, whether it is crossfit, running, walking, or zumba classes,” says Jason. “A good trick to keep motivated is to get involved with run clubs or gyms. They give you the opportunity to bond with those you work out with, and they’ll hold you accountable if you miss. You are more likely to stick to it if you have somebody else counting on you, and you are less likely to fall out of rhythm if you have someone rooting with you.” However, working out does not have to take place in a gym to make a difference. Heather points out that a fun hike with the kids can be rewarding for both you and your family.
- Dieting is important. Diet is 75 percent of the battle. Accomplishing a fitness resolution is going to require a healthy intake of foods. “Stay away from processed food, fast foods, and sugar,” warns Heather. “Keep portion sizes correct. Do not overeat or undereat. Eat enough—three main meals healthy snacks in between.” Peanuts, protein bars, cheese, and fruits are perfect for guilt-free snacking.
- Stick with it. Accomplishing any fitness goal takes a great deal of self-motivation. It is likely that you may have a rough day or miss a work out here and there, but do not let those rough patches consume you. “It gets frustrating,” admits Jason. “Making a lifestyle change is going to take a great deal of will power, but it will be worth it in the end.”