Stay motivated, keep on track and don't be a "reso-loser"

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Now that it's the end of February, most of us probably know whether we’ve given up on our New Year's resolutions or if you're sticking with them.

A recent study done by researchers at the University of Scranton found that 40 percent of Americans make those resolutions but only eight percent keep them for longer than a few weeks.

Some of those people, like Nick Peters, are staying motivated and keeping from becoming a “reso-loser.”

“You feel good all the time and I guess I just love that about it,” said Peters whose motivation is adversity.

“I played football for two years in college and kind of got injuries so I started lifting, trying to be the strongest guy around the gym,” said Peters who makes regular trips to the gym.

His other drive is an upcoming national body building competition.

“This year, right around the beginning of the year I started dieting for it,” he said. “More based on health rather than weight loss. I’m already noticing the benefits.”

Head coach of personal training at Gold’s Gym in Eau Claire, Darin Kelley, said it all comes down to three key points: Accountability, flexibility and goal setting.

Whether it’s working out with a friend or a trainer, accountability can keep you in check with another person, much like Emily Lindholm and Rachel Kjos of Eau Claire.

“Other than the impending bikini season I think for what kept me staying motivated is having a partner to workout with,” said Lindholm.

Kjos said making the workout fun and even adding a relaxing reward, like getting in the hot tub afterwards, helps motivate her to go to the gym.

Another way to keep from becoming a reso-loser, is joining group classes like kickboxing, Pilates or yoga.

“You never want do the same workout over and over and over again. What you want do is find new pieces of equipment to work on you want to find new exercises, things to make it fun,” said Kelley.

And like most New Year’s resolution keepers, setting a goal can help motivate.

“You want to be setting goals that are attainable. You want to set those goals and also in a way you can keep yourself accountable to those goals,” said Kelley. “Let’s say you want to lose 50 pounds, well you're going to have to lose 5 before you lose 50 so keep building off of that.”

Kelley added instead of giving up all of the unhealthy snacks we love, try giving up half or a quarter.

He said using visual-cues can also help. For instance, if you want to win a marathon this summer you can try putting photos of a trophy or a marathon runner on your fridge – or if you have an upcoming spring break trip where you have to wear a swimsuit, leave your swimsuit out at home. Kelley said it can visually motivate you to reach your goals.

Kelley said this year, the parking lot is packed - meaning people are sticking to their routine and working out.

“One of the reasons is, we went out and purchased a lot of equipment, we have different equipment, different things you can do, added four or five classes,” said Kelley. “Those things have helped people change things up during the week.”

“At the end of the day, we’re all here for the same reason, we want to better ourselves,” said Peters.

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