A common goal is to get a good start to the new year by improving your physical fitness.
Some Rio Grande Valley residents are putting health at the top of their New Year’s resolution list, and they’re not alone.
According to a Forbes survey, 48% of U.S. adults say they want to focus on their fitness goals this year, but for many people, sticking to their fitness goals can be difficult.
“I’m tired of every time I make a resolution and it doesn’t work out,” said Jaime Cortina, a McAllen resident.
Dr. Arturo Trises of Mission Regional Medical Center offered tips on how to stick with your fitness goals.
He says putting your goals into action is a good start, then setting the fitness pace for your journey.
“Starting in the first week, just go for a few minutes. Walking, swimming, Zumba, anything you like that gets your heart rate a little faster than usual,” Torisse said.
She also recommends bringing a friend to the gym and encouraging each other to reach their goals. If you’re looking to start a diet, don’t try to limit the amount you eat, says Triseth.
“You don’t eat, you don’t drink, you just starve. Just because you think you’re going to lose weight by doing this and going to the gym, it’s not going to work,” says Triseth.
At Torises, we recommend consulting with a nutritionist to find a diet that meets your health needs.
Finally, be patient, as physical fitness doesn’t come overnight.