By Connie Capone | January 19, 2017 | People
The start of a new year offers the perfect opportunity to begin anew and kick off a new fitness regime—the trouble is sticking to it. Here, local fitness experts offer up their secrets to keeping motivated, and successfully sticking to your New Year's resolutions.
"It's easy to dive headfirst into a more stringent routine come the first [day] of the year, but the key to staying consistently motivated is to find a workout that you find both challenging and enjoyable. If you don't enjoy the work that you're doing, you will never be able to maintain a consistent routine throughout the year. The other component here is community; surrounding yourself with strong, motivated people will definitely help you stay on the right track!" —Hally Bayer, owner & instructor at Thrive with Hally
"It is an exciting time to set aside fears of failure and set yourself up for success. Some of my biggest tips to stay on track this year is to, first, surround yourself with supportive people. Yes, it is on you to hold yourself accountable, but when we find ourselves feeling stuck, it can be hard to go beyond what we are fully capable of. Join a running group, try a new fitness studio, sign up for a specific health or fitness coaching program to provide ongoing support, or grab a friend and make a plan together. It will only take your journey to new heights." —Lydia Halbert, head trainer at Orangetheory Fitness (Paoli)
"As a professional dancer and fitness instructor, I keep myself motivated by working on myself from the inside out. My goal is to achieve a feeling of fulfillment rather than focusing on physical appearance. My clients also keep me feeling fresh and inspired. As they say, 'your vibe attracts your tribe!'" —Alexis Rose, Instructor at SoulCycle
"Set your appointments around your workout, rather than the other way around. Make working out the priority and try to get friends to make work out dates with, like adult play dates. You will motivate each other and keep it fun and interesting." —Juliet Burgh, Unite Fitness
"It's all about understanding what motivates me and knowing how to set myself up for success. I am a morning person and I love the way I feel when I work out first thing. Knowing that, I prioritize my fitness routine for the start of the day." —Ryan Lewis, Instructor at SoulCycle