Motivation is key to keeping lifestyle resolutions

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – It’s the time of year for packed gyms and busy sidewalks. One of the top New Year’s resolutions for 2017 is getting in shape. While resolutions come with good intentions, a year is a long time to stick with it.

Kathy Orchard of Tampa said this year she didn’t make a resolution, “They’re just so hard to keep!”

Hank Brautigam, though, completed his 2016 resolution of getting in shape with the help of a local gym, their trainers and some self-motivation. In six weeks alone, he lost 22 pounds. “The coaches here are great. They gave me a program. It’s about nutrition also,” he said.

His trainer, Courtney Niland of OrangeTheory Fitness, said it’s about knowing what her clients need to make sure they hit their goal.

“With Hank, it’s keeping him motivated and telling him, ‘Hey man you’re doing a great job. You’re making progress,'” she said.

Most will tell you, without motivation, it’s easy to fall into a mid-year slump.

“I’ve tried to do it on my own before. You make it a couple of days and then something comes up and then you say oh I can make up for it. You sneak a little bit here, a little bit there and then you just kind of fall away from that commitment,” says Brautigam.

If you just don’t have time to go to a gym, or don’t want to spend the money, but are still looking for someone to push you, grab a friend.

“Basically if you have a friend or co-worker that has the same goals as you to stay fit and healthy. It makes it easier to overcome that. Like we did today,” says Shenequia Pressley, who was exercising on Tampa’s Riverwalk with a co-worker during their lunch break.

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