Keeping your New Year's resolution go get fit

(NBC) - It's that time of year when gyms are packed full with people resolved to get fit. But how do you stick with it?

So, here we are in the new year of 2012. Even for those of us who say we don't make New Year's resolutions, there are those things when we turn that page and look at where we are, we do have that quiet conversation in our head.

It may not start with 'this year I resolve to', but it probably does start with 'I'd better get in better shape', 'I've got to lose that holiday weight', or 'I've got to firm up, tone up, take better care of myself', 'get healthy again'.

"I'll go tomorrow," said Justin, fitness trainer. "And here's what I always tell my staff here at 24 Hour Fitness, 'starting tomorrow is too late'."

That is why and now is when the gym sees members they haven't seen in 11 months, and they are greeting the newly determined into the fold. But as we all know, that determination only lasts until it hurts or until skipping one day becomes so easy you skip another and suddenly that workout, that weight loss, that tone up is back on the to do list instead of on your schedule.

"Do not make excuses," Justin said. "We find so many ways to get distracted and make excuses why to go to the gym."

According to Justin there are things we can do to make this resolution a long distance run instead of a sprint that knocks the wind out of you.

"It's easy to focus on the sprint, zero to sixty. But if you focus in day in, day out and lose that intimidation with the gym, that's what's going to lead to overall success," said Justin.

When it comes to working out or losing weight we have a million ways to say "tomorrow." But Justin said that we've got to find a way to make it fun enough, or different enough, or enticing enough to find the time and not the excuses.

"Your getting more fit, you're burning calories and that's all that matters at the end of the day," said Justin. "Your body doesn't care how you burn calories as long as you do it."

So you want that resolution to stick this year? Well there are a couple of things you've got to do. Set short term goals so you can reach your long term goals, and as frightening as all of the equipment in a fitness center may look, the best tip according to Justin is to ask questions so you can find out what the machinery does and how it can best help you.

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