Not sure how to keep up with your fitness goals for 2019? Here you go

(Southside Daily file photo/Courtesy of Pixabay)
(Southside Daily file photo/Courtesy of Pixabay)

The new year is just days away and some people have certain goals or resolutions for 2019.

However, most people don’t keep them, especially when it comes to fitness.

“People want to see quick results,” said Lisa McNeil, fitness manager at Riverside Wellness and Fitness Center in Newport News.

And contrary to popular belief, the gym is not crowded the first week of January.

“Most people don’t start until the full week after the holidays, like on the 7th as opposed to January 1st,” McNeil said.

People stick to their resolutions for a couple months and by April or May, the gym attendance goes back to normal because gym goers workout outside and those with new year’s resolutions leave, McNeil said.

So why do people give up?

McNeil said the biggest issue is people trying to do too much only to end up sore for days, and while people have good intentions, their mindset may be to blame.

Michael Bennet, regional director for the Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA, agrees.

“People need to have a realistic goal when they start out,” he said. “We don’t want people to feel like they have to work out hard for like an hour.”

How to stay motivated

McNeil said a big trend: People new to working out or those who have not worked out in a long time are looking for personal trainers.

“It gives them a sense of accountability,” she said.

Both McNeil and Bennett recommend bringing a friend along to workout and scheduling an appointment with a wellness coach or personal trainer to create a personalized exercise plan catered to your individual fitness goals.

“Don’t feel intimidated or embarrassed about coming in,” Bennett said. “You can bring a friend for a bit to get comfortable for a couple of visits.

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John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.