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December 26, 2013

Experts decry ‘resolution dependency’

NORMAN — One of the country’s best-known fitness center chains is launching an initiative to wean people from what it calls an over-dependence on New Year’s resolutions.

Gold’s Gym announced a seven-step “anti-resolution” plan this month designed in part to “break the endless cycle of weight loss resolutions and give consumers a better road map to success — one that results in healthy, lasting change,” according to a release from the company.

“Diets don’t work,” said Robert Reams, a member of Gold’s Gym Fitness Institute. “Instead, you must look at the choices you make on a daily basis in the areas of nutrition, exercise, sleep and stress management and make a sustainable plan to change your ways.

“If you do this right you’ll only have to do it once and you’ll never have to re-visit this concept again,” he added.

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The company’s “anti-resolution action plan” includes:

Establish short, obtainable goals — “The problem with resolutions is that the minute people falter, or slip on their resolution, they quit, throwing all their progress out the window,” said Mike Ryan, Gold’s Gym Fitness Institute Expert and celebrity personal trainer. “Create a short, obtainable goal for yourself, and when you achieve your first goal, you’re more likely to set another and stick with it.”

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Realize that fitness is only part of the plan — “In order to achieve peak metabolism, supplement your workouts with a diet made up of real, whole food,” Reames said. “Minimize, if not avoid altogether, processed meals and food items. We truly are what we eat. Food is the fuel that runs your engine, so do not compromise.”

See more at: http://www.cnhinews.com/cnhins_features/x1005127925/Fitness-experts-decry-resolution-dependency#sthash.yYmpK5c1.dpuf

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