A common New Year’s resolution is to get in better shape, but many people give up on that resolution after just a few weeks. Local fitness consultant Anne Hager says fitness is something people should work on every day.
“The new year is here and the gyms are crowded. People say, ‘Okay, I’m ready to go to the gym,’ and they go all out. But it’s unrealistic to think that in a few weeks, or even a month, he can… rush in without a plan,” Hager said.
According to Statista research, some of the top resolutions are related to fitness. About 50% of people said they wanted to exercise more, 47% said they wanted to eat healthier, and about 35% said they wanted to lose weight.
For 44 years, Hager has seen and appreciated every part of the fitness world. She is a certified personal trainer and behavior change specialist. She is also a regular marathon runner. She has struggled with fitness in her own journey, so she said helping others with their fitness allows her to move forward. Her recently opened consulting group, ReFocus Fitness Consulting, works with clients to achieve their personal goals with one-on-one coaching.
“Since I was 17 years old, I’ve been exposed to all aspects of fitness,” Hager said.
Her first experience with fitness was in ballet and other community center activities at South Valley, where her brother was the activities director.
Now she teaches people how to improve their habits.
“I want them to get the information and be able to work on it on their own. Then I just check in with them throughout the week. I give them motivational quotes and I send them poems and help them achieve their goals,” she added.
Hager’s faith as a Christian plays a big role in her motivation to help people, but she says anyone is welcome to join her program.
Hager says most people rush toward their fitness goals and end up getting burnt out or giving up before they reach their goals. According to her, this is because they work on too many goals at once and expect results right away.
“But no, it takes time. So I tell my clients to start with one goal and create a plan to achieve that goal,” she said.
Hager added that the reason most people don’t accomplish their New Year’s resolutions is because they don’t plan to achieve them.
“They jump in without any planning and think they can do it right away. They think they can lose weight quickly, but it’s a lifestyle change. How many years did it take? she said.
Hager also said that everyone’s body is different, so each person needs a different plan. What works for one person may not work for another.
“I encourage people to find something they enjoy doing. Just because you think, ‘I can’t do this anymore,’ doesn’t mean you have to run or go to the gym.” So find something that you enjoy,” Hager explained.
She said her program allows people to set their own goals and pace. She just helps with the “how” part. She checks in weekly, sends daily messages for motivation, and helps create a plan that works for each person.
Hager says a lot of great fitness is determined by what people put into their bodies.
“It doesn’t have to be a diet. Just a few changes here and there, but 80 percent of your weight is diet and nutrition,” she said.
She says she doesn’t believe in fad diets because they rarely work. She added that calorie counting also doesn’t work because people don’t pay attention to the nutrients they put into their bodies.
Her program helps with all of that.
The depressing part for Hager is when clients reach their goals and no longer need her help.
“I’m sad to see them go, but I want them to fly away,” she said.
Hager’s main point for people who want to improve their bodies is that they must focus on the body as a whole.
“There’s always fear, but with motivation from an accountable partner or counselor, people can start to build confidence,” she says.
Visit her website for more information. refocusbyann.com.