BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – Many people make New Year’s resolutions, but keeping them is the hard part, especially when it comes to weight loss and fitness.
Experts say staying with a plan might be easier than you think. The key is setting attainable goals and changing your workout routine.
Valerie Rodenbaugh’s kickboxing class will have you sweating in no time. She constantly changes things up in her classes at the Boardman YMCA.
“You do jabs. You do hooks, upper cuts. So, you’re getting a great upper body workout,” said Rodenbaugh. “The weights, we have a heavy bar. You name it, we have it. We have the bands.”
Switching up your routine keeps your muscles going. Group classes also break up the treadmill and elliptical routine.
“It’s that human connection. It’s getting to know people,” said Juleen Keefer, director of member services at the YMCA.
If getting in shape is your New Year’s resolution, you’re a month in now. If you’re not seeing any progress, it’s okay. It takes two months to notice changes.
“Normally, it is at eight weeks you start to see the change. Twelve weeks, everybody else starts to see it. Fourteen weeks, the rest of the world catches on,” said Ashley Whan, personal trainer with Fitness Associates.
Whan said a blend of cardio three to five days a week and strength training is a good combo, but it means nothing if you’re not paying attention to calories.
“One pound of fat is 3,500 calories. If you split that over a week, that’s 500 calories less a day you need to take in,” said Whan.
But Whan warns that you need to make sure you are also eating enough. If not, your body goes into starvation mode and that could sabotage weight loss.
“It (your body) holds on to everything you put in,” said Whan.
If you hit a plateau, ask questions and don’t get discouraged.