Getting in shape… losing weight… eating right… they’re all great resolutions. But they’re also some of the hardest to stick to.
Michael White knows that first hand. He vowed to get healthier just a couple of months ago.
“It was tough,“ he said.
But he kept going, fighting through some common pitfalls.
So, we talked to his personal trainer, Omar Bacon of Fitness 19. We wanted to know how we can all stick to our health goals.
He has three simple tips. The first… set small goals.
"Some people might come to me and say ‘Omar I want to lose 40 pounds, 100 pounds’ ” he said. “I'll say alright, let's start with 2 pounds."
And you’re going to be sore from working out. But don’t let that get in your way. Omar’s tip number two… stretch.
"Once you break through that soreness phase,” he said, “which takes you, if you've been working hard, about a week, week-and-a-half…once you break that mentally, then you're fine."
A personal trainer can also help you through it and they’ll make sure you have proper form so you don’t get injured.
Tip number three… may be the toughest.
Omar says that if you want to succeed at being healthier…you have to eat well. And to do that, you have to learn the value of a calorie.
"You can get on an elliptical machine for thirty minutes and burn 400 calories,” he said. “It takes you 30 minutes sweating blood and guts for thirty minutes. And then you can go eat a chocolate chip cookie, which has 160-200 calories in it. And you can eat that in less than 5 minutes."
It will be hard to resist that cookie and make it to the gym on a regular basis. But it can be done.
Michael knows that.
"Whether it's 20 minutes, whether it's walking around the block a couple times, whether it's getting up to do 10 push ups. I am dedicated to doing something everyday," said Michael.
And you can do it too.
"Come in here,” Omar said, “get your diet under control, get your weights, you'll feel better about yourself."