Davlin’s tips: ‘Resolutionaries’ overflow gym

Resolutionaries. That’s what I call all the fitness newbies that roll into the gym every January with the latest shoes and workout clothes only to be gone by February.


Why does this happen to Resolutionaries? How do we keep up the drive that was so fierce on Jan. 1?


I have worked as a Healthy Living Assistant for six years at a fitness facility. My role is to give people a routine and a healthier way of living. So, I see this flood of people each and every year. Resolutionaries come in with willing hearts and so much enthusiasm they can’t even think straight.


Erica Barber, a member at the fitness facility says she used to be a Resolutionary until she found a new trick to keep her going.


“I would always make these crazy resolutions on losing weight and getting more fit,” Barber says. “I always burned myself out. These past two years I discovered taking classes and making friends made me more accountable for going.”


Some can work out alone and hold themselves accountable, but I see that members work out more efficiently and more often when they have a friend to work out with. It makes it more fun and competitive instead of just going to a machine and making up workouts to get through it.


Central campus student Ashley Narvaez says she finally asked for help instead of doing it alone and risking failure for another year.


“I was too embarrassed to ask someone,” Narvaez says, “or admit that I needed help, but I spoke with a girl in my class that seemed pretty nice and could always be seen running on campus. She gave me what I needed to go on my journey to a healthier lifestyle.”


The key is don’t be afraid to ask questions and talk to people. You either want a healthier lifestyle or not. There are people out there that will help you and guide you to your goals.


So take that leap of faith. Make a resolution this year not to be a Resolutionary. Make your pledge a lifestyle.