It's that time of the year again - the time when millions flock to the gym, go on a diet, or join a weight loss center; when everyone resolves to get healthier in the upcoming year. According to research, however, less than 20% will stick to their New Year's resolution to lose weight. On average, the biggest resolution failures are often fitness related.
"Many people set New Year's goals to improve their health and fitness and begin new exercise programs. Yet, after investing time and money, most to get any traction and achieve significant long term results," explains Joe Ramirez, a certified master personal trainer and nutrition professional with 19 years of experience serving Colorado Springs residents.
"Awareness of the following common mistakes can prevent frustration, disappointment, and ultimately failure when starting a new fitness or weight loss program", says Ramirez.
1. Setting an unattainable goal. We all want to jump directly to our ideal health and fitness level, but there are critical steps in between. Avoid setting the same high standard resolution that you continue to unsuccessfully achieve year after year. This will only set you up for frustration, failure and discourage your efforts.
2. Staring an incomplete program. To be successful, a fitness or nutrition program must be complete. A complete program includes attention to nutrition, behavioral modification to integrate supportive habits, resistance training to enhance metabolism and cardiovascular fitness - all leading to a "synergy" effect for maximum results.
3. No accountability. Success achievers know that accountability is essential to move from intention to results. Without support and regular progress checks, life's distractions quickly take many off course. Use the power of accountability to stay on track with your goals to avoid weight loss plateaus or backsliding.
4. No professional guidance. Many begin a fitness or weight loss program without clearly defined goals or a plan to achieve them. To achieve significant long term results, the guidance of an expert puts you on the right path to success.
5. Pushing to hard, too soon. We all come into January raring to go, full of energy and enthusiasm for our new goals and the new year, but in reality, our body needs to be given time to adjust to a new exercise program. When starting a new program we need to avoid pushing too hard in the beginning, which can cause soreness, stiffness, joint stress, even pulled or torn muscles.
"Knowing common mistakes and pitfalls before hand can prevent frustrations, injury, and loss of motivation," explains Ramirez. "Taking steps to prevent them from occurring will guarantee a happier and more successful fitness program for a new you in 2013."
For additional weight loss guidance, all Colorado Springs residents are encouraged to download their complimentary copy of the "Blueprint to Weight Loss Success" and a complimentary diagnostic fitness and nutrition consultation at www.trainwithjoe.com.
Melissa Anderson, 57 has lost 55 pounds and went from a size 14 to a size 4/6 with the accountability of Joe Ramirez's women only boot camp (in Briargate) and Weight Watchers.
Melissa Anderson (left), 57, and Lorrie Gomez, 49, show their former size 14 jeans. They have harnessed the power of accountability to keep each other motivated while participating in their fitness boot camp program with Joe Ramirez.