Setting and achieving successful New Year’s fitness resolutions

 By Ryan Pindroh

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It’s that time of year, again, when we see a flood of new members at the St. Vincent’s One Nineteen Fitness Center, all with New Year’s resolutions to get back into shape. While we always love seeing new members, we want to make sure that you are equipped to set fitness goals that work long-term. Here are six tips to setting and achieving successful New Year’s fitness resolutions.

  • Set realistic fitness goals. This sounds easy enough, but I can’t tell you how often I see people starting with a goal of working out every day or wanting to lose significant weight in a short period. Start with a more attainable goal such as working out two times a week and build from there.
  • Find a fitness buddy. We all live busy lives, and it’s easy to find excuses not to exercise. If you have another person holding you accountable, you are more likely to follow through on your fitness plans. It’s also more fun to have a friend by your side.
  • Pick a workout routine/class you enjoy. Let’s be honest; working out is always going to be hard work, but if you can find an activity you enjoy, you’re much more likely to stick with it long-term.
  • Push yourself to try new fitness routines. It’s easy to fall into a rut from doing the same workout over and over again, especially when you aren’t achieving your goals. Don’t be afraid to set up an appointment with a personal trainer. They are here to teach you exercises best tailored to your body and help you meet your fitness goals.
  • Healthy eating goes hand-in-hand with your fitness goals. I know. I know. That’s not what you wanted to hear, but to get the best results with your fitness routine; you also have to consider your diet. Take the time to meet with a registered dietitian who specializes in nutrition and healthy eating. You don’t have to give up all your favorite foods, but learn how to eat in moderation and fuel your body with the energy and nutrition it needs to meet your fitness goals.
  • It’s OK to ask for help. It’s OK to ask for help when you’re not meeting your goals by yourself. The St. Vincent’s One Nineteen personal trainers all hold degrees in exercise-related fields, as well as professional certifications. They are here to help you design a plan tailored to fit your specific needs.

St. Vincent’s One Nineteen offers a wide range of fitness offerings, including outdoor and indoor tracks, 25-yard indoor saline pool, 187 pieces of equipment, 85 exercise classes and free childcare. We are currently offering a no enrollment fee and no contract special now through February 29, 2016. To learn more about our “Healthcare Like No Other” fitness services, call 205-408-6544 or visit

Ryan Pindroh, ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist, is St. Vincent’s One Nineteen’s Health and Fitness Supervisor.