Personal Trainers discuss ways to stick to New Year's resolution

One way to stay accountable is to get a personal trainer who will help guide your work outs. (WCHS/WVAH)

After binging on holiday food and other sweets, heading to the gym may be at the top of your New Year's resolution list.

If it is, you're not alone.

Joe Rice, who's 77-years-old, committed to getting in shape about a year ago.

"After I started in January, it just seemed so natural. I started coming out every day and continued with it," said Joe Rice, who's a member at Anytime Fitness in Kanawha City.

It's normal to see more people getting gym memberships in January and even February, but trainers said without consistency and dedication it can be short lived.

"Studies show that 60 to 70 percent of people will not be working out in six months in a typical gym," said Micah Martindale, Anytime Fitness Kanawha County Regional Manager.

In order to stay focused, trainers said it's good to have an end goal in mind. It can be a weight goal, how much you want to lift, or physical appearance.

One way to stay accountable is to get a personal trainer who will help guide your work outs.

"The biggest thing is being able to accept a little bit of help to get you those results because we know results are going to fuel your motivation long term far more than anything else," said Martindale.

Rice has seen changes in his body since joining the gym.

He said he used to hike, bike and walk, but now he's lifting weights and has put on quite a bit of muscle.

"I'm doing the right thing," said Rice. "I'm changing in the right direction and enjoying it."

Anytime Fitness also offers virtual training where you can receive customized workouts straight to your phone.

Another way to meet your fitness goals is by working out with friends and encouraging each other.

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