Tips to keep your fitness resolutions

Tips to keep your fitness resolutions
LEWISTON, ID - Andrea Charles said she doesn't need a New Year's Resolution. That's because she's still working on her old one.

"I put a picture up on my mirror in my bedroom and how it's set up is how I walk out the door I have to look at it. And I put what I started at, my starting weight and my goal weight," said Charles.

After getting thyroid cancer, Charles made a vow in January 2012 to get fit, resulting in a loss of 50 pounds. So what's the secret to keeping your resolutions all year long?

"The more people you tell about your goals, the more likely you are to keep them and so I told everybody I knew," said Charles.

Her personal trainer Jenny Jessup of Gold's Gym Lewiston agrees with Charles and suggests to start with small steps.

"Park further away so you're walking longer distances, you know instead of taking the elevator take the stairs," said Jessup.

According to Anytime Fitness owner Nathan Yoder, about 64% of new members who sign up during the new year continue to work out past the months of March and April. Avoid being a statistic by setting realistic goals for yourself.

"The number one way to fail is to make your goal unattainable," said Yoder. "So small goals. Don't focus on losing thirty-five pounds, focus on losing five pounds, and go from there."

Like any habit, repetition is key. Yoder says if you want to make working out a habit, it'll take about 21 days for your body to get addicted.

"Three to four times a week is what we say. You don't have to be in here three hours. Be in here a half-hour. Three to four times a week and you do that for a month, you'll probably stay," said Yoder.

Signing up for fitness classes and investing money can also keep you going back to the gym after the new year buzz has worn off.