2015 New Year Goals | Fitness Consistency | Portland Personal Trainer

With the New Year rolling around, people will be making resolutions to do all sorts of things.  One of the most common, and most failed, resolutions is to improve fitness.  People decide that they will sign up for a marathon, or join a gym, or buy the latest piece of equipment that nighttime TV is selling them (I’m looking at you, Shakeweight), thinking that the money they have sunk into the race or membership or item will motivate them to get off the couch and get moving.  Unfortunately, it often doesn’t work, and after a few weeks of exercise they find themselves in the same habits they had always been in.  So what is the best way to make these fitness resolutions work?The answer to that is to make sure that people understand that fitness isn’t a goal to be attained; it’s a way of life.  You can be the fittest person on earth, but if you do nothing to maintain that fitness, it will melt away.  So joining a gym and hitting the machines as hard as you can in the first few weeks isn’t really the best way to go about it.  You’ll wind up sore and exhausted, and it will become easy to make excuses not to go to the gym.  Instead of exercising with intensity, focus on exercising with consistency.By exercising consistently for a few weeks or months, even if the exercise is of modest intensity, you’ll begin to form good exercise habits.  It will become harder and harder to miss a day, and soon going without exercise will make you feel a little off.  Then you can attack the gym with as much intensity as you desire, because your base level of fitness will be high enough to take it, and a bit of muscle soreness won’t put you off for very long. If you find that it is becoming more challenging to train on your own or your current workout partner is beginning to not be so reliable, then you may want to look into some additional fitness advice or hire a Portland personal trainer in your area. Regardless what you decide to do, showing up is the half the battle and doing the work is the frosting on the healthy cake!The Art of Personal Training by Kisar Dhillon107 SE Washington StreetSuite 137Portland, Oregon 97214503-953-0241