(Seguin) -- Losing weight and getting healthy is the top New Year's resolution each year. That means there's a good chance that many of you have taken that vow again this year. If you want to be successful with this goal in 2018, experts say you need to make sure that you keep a few easy tips in mind.
Nicole Bruton, member services supervisor at Guadalupe Regional Wellness Center (GRWC), says everyone starts off excited about the new year, but they lose some of that energy as time goes by because they didn't have a measurable or realistic goal set for the new year. She says the best advice may be to keep your goals simple.
"I think a lot of times people turn to resources and they're flooded with tips. I mean you can Google it and find hundreds of tips and overwhelm yourself. I think it's really important to just streamline and figure out the tips that are going to work best for you. So adopting something that's going to help you stay consistent. I mean that's the number one (thing) in my opinion -- is staying consistent. Find something that you really love doing, so that you'll actually stay consistent and continue to do it on a daily basis or a weekly basis. Then setting a goal. So knowing what you're working towards. Whether it's saying 'I'm going to run a 5K and so I'm going to train for that.' Or if you have a weightloss goal, that's fine too. But just make it something measureable and something that you can actually track your progress, and that will keep you motivated. Don't just make an arbitrary goal of weight loss. Okay, what does that mean? How are you going to really track that and keep yourself motivated and showing progress?" said Bruton.
Bruton says by having a measurable and reasonable goal in mind, will help you break through the burnout that often causes people to drop their resolutions after a month or so into the new year.
"A lot of people want to overhaul on the first (day), and say 'I want to lose 20 pounds by the end of the month.' While you might be able to do that, the chances of you keeping it off and not having the same goal next New Year are pretty low. So taking baby steps and setting realistic goals for yourself that you can actually acheive -- so that you can continue as opposed to getting frustrated by the end of the month and quitting and trying all over again in a few months," said Bruton.
The GRWC and other gyms in the area can help people get started. Bruton says at the Wellness Centerm they try to help people figure out what they like. She says you're more likely to keep coming back if you enjoy the exercise.
"When it comes to exercise, obviously we are a big fan of that. So like I said finding something you enjoy and then finding a balance in your workout routine. All of us at the Wellness Center suggest building the perfect blend of activity that will help your body make progress and get stronger without getting completely (being) exhausted. So getting a good mix of cardio classes like Zumba or cardio waves or indoor cycling, or just coming in and just using cardio equipment and then getting strength in a few times a week. We've got Body Pump classes, Muscle Magic classes which are chair based and then Total Body Bar classes or again coming in and using our weight equipment. Then of course flexability training, which is the one that's most frequently neglected but is so necessary for the recovery of your body. So getting a Yoga class in, or just taking time to have some stretch and recovery (time) whether it's here or at home on your own," said Bruton.
If you're planning on losing weight, Bruton says that exercise is only part of the equation. She says it's also important to monitor what you eat. Bruton says diet and exercise really go hand and hand when it comes to adopting a healthier lifestyle.
"Of course eating well (is important). Unfortunately we can't just exercise and then go eat whatever we want. So making sure that you're getting a good source of protein with every meal along with veggies and whole grains and drinking your water. Then most importantly, I'd say the last tip would be, being nice to yourself and embracing a new life style. Not engaging in any negative self talk or beating yourself up if you eat a breakfast taco or if you miss a workout. Just say ok, next meal is an opportunity for me to make a good decision or tomorrow is an opportunity for me to get back on the exercise band wagon," said Bruton.
Bruton says if you remember to start slow, find something you like, occassionally mix up your routine, and eat healthy, you'll give yourself a better chance of sticking with your resolution this year.