RENO, Nev.-- You've promised yourself this is the year you'll finally shed those extra pounds. So you've joined a gym and intend to get off to a good start, but how do you keep at it?
Maintaining a New Year's fitness resolution past January is possible but it's easier with a little help.
Starting a workout routine is the easy part, sticking with it is what takes work.
"You need to be able to understand that without getting your workouts in, you're not going to be able to achieve your goals," said Eric Sell, personal trainer at Sports West Athletic Club. He says it's best to focus on the process, not the product.
"An example would be to say I am going to have two workouts this week and build on each week as opposed to focusing on loosing that 20 pounds," said Eric.
You'll have more success with a workout buddy someone that keeps you at it and helps you enjoy it.
"We know from the research that being in that environment enhances your ability to stay on task," said Eric.
For someone just getting back into the gym, it can be nerve wracking to seek the help of a trainer, but Eric says its best to get help early so you know what to workout and how to do it without an injury.
"When they do finally make the commitment to come see us, we'll put them through a movement analysis, and that will help us determine how to program properly," said Eric.
The simple test allows the trainer to see a persons strengths and weaknesses.
"So these allow us to prescribe exercises that are going to improve your movement integrity and then we'll get you stronger with a more comfortable feel," said Eric.
Eric says its all part of staying committed, if you know what to do and you do it without getting hurt.
When starting a workout regimen, don't overdue it if your muscles hurt the next day, you're more likely to use it as an excuse to exercise less.