Decina Allen - a group fitness instructor at Ambitionz Health and Fitness. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin
Decina Allen - a group fitness instructor at Ambitionz Health and Fitness. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin Sharyn O'Neill ROK030112sfitness

Pedal off pudding pounds and make a positive change to life

WITH the Christmas pudding eaten and the New Year's celebrations over for another year, January is the perfect time to make a positive change in your life.

Ambitionz group fitness manager Melissa Beck said people who reevaluated their lives at New Year's often focused on improving their health.

When starting a new fitness routine, Ms Beck said it was important to be realistic.

"If coming to the gym once or twice a week is all you can manage, that's better than nothing," said Ms Beck.

"Find something you enjoy, it should be fun.

"Try some classes because pumping iron isn't for everyone."

She also said it was important to find a gym which offered all the services you needed and made you feel comfortable.

However, getting a gym membership is only the first step towards a healthy lifestyle.

Many people find it hard to keep a New Year's resolution, but Ms Beck said this could be made easier by sticking to a regular routine.

"Motivation is what gets you started, but routine is what keeps you going," she said.

"If you create the habit while you're motivated, it's easier to maintain that routine throughout the year."

Ms Beck also recommended finding inspiration in the people around you and trying fun new activities or fitness classes.

"If you enjoy it, you're more likely to stick with it and look forward to it," she said.

Decina Allen - a group fitness instructor at Ambitionz Health and Fitness. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin
Decina Allen - a group fitness instructor at Ambitionz Health and Fitness. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin Sharyn O'Neill ROK020113sfitness

Fit facts

Top tips for keeping your New Year fitness resolution:

Set realistic and achievable goals

Find a gym you feel comfortable in

Create a routine and stick to it

Try new activities and classes



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