New Year’s fitness resolutions not fiction

GETTING FIT: Michael Scott gets some training from Chantelle Barnett at the Ballarat Aquatic and Lifestyle Centre. Michael has been taking part in the Men With Guts program at the centre.PICTURE: ADAM TRAFFORDWITH an influx of people crowding gyms in January and February, Ballarat gym owners have said getting into shape in not New Year’s resolution fiction.

Michael Scott, 31, has exercised consistently since being diagnosed with diabetes four months ago, but will step up his efforts in the new year.

“I’ve always been big, and this was a real kick up the bum that I needed to do more,” he said.

“I’ve just been walking and cycling, so this program will be good.”

Mr Scott is participating a program designed for overweight men at the Ballarat Aquatic and Lifestyle Centre.

Snap Fit gym manager Harley Tempest said people who started exercising in the new year had a greater chance of sticking to it.

“In our experience, I would say (the rate of people staying on) is above average then,” he said.

“Because it is a big thing, they usually stick to it a little more than just starting on a Monday.”

Mr Tempest’s experience is backed up by a recent study looking at how people using a “meaningful temporal landmark” are more successful at achieving goals.

The University of Pennsylvania study went on to say that using a date like January 1 allowed people to differentiate between the old and new versions of themselves.

Fernwood owner-manager Lee Squire said people needed to set realistic goals when starting on New Year’s resolutions.

“I see it all the time that women set themselves up for failure, by making absolute statements and then not being able to stick to it,” she said.

“When you set a New Year’s resolution, set goals that you can draw on. Keep it simple, and it’s important not be too hard on yourselves.”

Ms Squire said the spike in business in January looked even sharper because lots of people “give up” in December.

She went on to say that sticking to a regime was all about the right mindset.

“December’s really dead in the gym industry, people say ‘it’s too hard, I’ll eat what I want and wear baggy clothes to Christmas and then starve myself in the new year’,” she said.

“Having good goals is the place to start. When you’ve got the right habits, and motivations, fitness comes as a side-effect of that,” she said.

“Getting into healthy habits, saying ‘I will eat healthy, eat green, eat clean’ is helpful, along with making sure its something they enjoy.”

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