Howland trainer: How to keep your New Year’s resolution to get fit

Zach Byler, owner of Byler Elite Strength Training, gave tips on how to keep your New Year's resolution to get fit this year.

HOWLAND, Ohio (WKBN) – Along with a new year comes New Year’s resolutions, and getting into shape or losing weight is a common resolution.

A Nielsen survey says 37 percent of the past year’s resolutions were to stay fit and healthy, but 76 percent of people did not follow their diet plan.

A Howland gym owner said the reason people do not continue to hit the gym is because they lack purpose. He says the majority of those who start a diet and workout regimen ultimately fail.

“One of the reasons for that is because they don’t truly have a why for what they are doing,” said Zach Byler, owner of Byler Elite Strength Training in Warren.

Whether you are picking up weights or running on a treadmill, Byler said actually heading to the gym is more important than the reason behind working out.

“There’s a misconception when doing this that you need to be inspired or that you need to be motivated to go do something like this, but in actuality, all you need is action,” he said.

To succeed in your workout goals, Byler recommended making small adjustments to set yourself up for success. Location, he added, is key.

“You might have to find a gym that’s on the way home from work, so that when you drive by that gym, there’s going to be some sense of, maybe guilt, or maybe that’s going to give you the motivation,” he said.

If that doesn’t do the trick, Byler said it is OK to rely on other people for motivation.

“That’s why having a coach, having workout partners — someone that’s going to be your motivation, the person who’s going to push you to action when you don’t want it, [is important],” he said.

He said his best piece of advice is not to attempt to change many habits at once. Focusing on one routine per month will ultimately lead to more success.

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