CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) – Year to year, one of the most popular New Year’s Resolutions is to hit the gym.
Doing that could play hand-in-hand with some of your other goals for 2019.
A survey from data company YouGov says exercising more will be the number 1 new year’s resolution for 2019.
Another list-topper is losing weight.
You can do both of those by working out.
Personal trainer Tony Whitney at the Refinery Gym shares some tips to make sure working out, will work out for you.
First thing’s first…take it slow.
“Kind of give yourself two to three weeks of just kind of warming up to a gym,” said Whitney.
Once you’re used to it, stick to something like this.
-30 minutes of aerobic activity per day.
-Weight training 2-3 times per week.
-Stay away from spot training…(think of it more as “Total body.”)
Plus…one really important thing to remember is don’t push yourself too hard.
Set reasonable goals for yourself, and if you need to, bring the levels down just a little bit.
“Don’t come in here for 2 to 3 hours and just overdo it, so you’re gonna make your body really sore and it’s gonna be hard to recover,” said Whitney. “Then injuries can set in from over-training.”
Aside from the physical health benefits, David Gray says if this is your New Year’s Resolution destination…it might just drive you toward mental health goals.
“Without a doubt,” said Gray. “There’s a huge difference between when I do my workouts in the morning, and when I do not do my workouts in the morning, which is very rare. It sets up my mind for just a better mood, a better setting. It definitely relieves the stress from the previous day.”
Once you get the ball rolling by going to the gym, keep your routines in motion all year round.
“You need to be consistent,” said Whitney. “So don’t jump on your workout plan for a week and then get off for a week. Be consistent, a little bit at a time, and then that builds up.”
YouGov’s other top resolutions for 2019 include eating healthier, saving money, and reducing stress.