Consistency, commitment key to achieving success in upcoming fitness-related New Year’s resolutions

HARLINGEN – The New Year’s resolution to get fit and live a healthier lifestyle is one the most common of all holiday traditions.

But all too often, the commitment to healthier living is sabotaged before it even begins by a holiday season packed with parties, desserts, and busy schedules devoid of time set aside for exercise. While making the commitment to staying active and making healthier choices can be challenging, Veronica Garza, Manager of the Valley Baptist Health & Fitness Center, said there are steps we can all take over the course of the holiday season and beyond to give health-related New Year’s resolutions the greatest odds of success.

“It’s important to find something you like and something know you’re going to stick with. If you start a class or an activity that you just don’t enjoy, you’re not going to want to continue to do it. That is unique to everyone, and you need to find something that works for you and do your best,” Garza said. “Start two to three times a week, especially now. Don’t wait until after the holidays. If you want to lead a healthier lifestyle, start moving. There is so much sitting in our lives now, but there are so many things you can do at home to get ready for making that resolution a success.”

Planning while keeping long-term goals in mind can be a major challenge when it comes to a successful healthy New Year’s resolution. All too often, Garza said she sees too many new clients trying to do too much, too soon.

“People start so strong. They come in and they want to give 110 percent. We see it all the time, especially in January. They want to work hard and they want to make changes, so they come in seven days a week and they’re here for three hours,” she said. “They completely stop eating certain meals and that’s where we see people not staying with their resolution. They want to make a change that is temporary and fast, but what we preach all the time is lifestyle change. This is something you’re doing for the rest of your life.”

For those looking to join a gym as part of their New Year’s resolution to fitness, Garza said her staff of 30 employees at the Valley Baptist Health & Fitness Center – the majority of which are fitness course instructors – is committed to helping others reach their exercise goals.

The 38,000-square-foot fitness center includes a heated pool, multiple spacious exercise rooms, weight machine and equipment rooms, a spinning studio, and a large patio for outdoor exercise activities, is located at 3100 N. Augusta National Drive in Harlingen.

Fitness center hours are 4:45 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Membership fees to the fitness center are $39 monthly per person. Childcare is also available on site and included in membership fees.

Including activities ranging from yoga, Pilates, and group spin to Les Mills strength training programs of Body Pump, Body Combat and CXWORX, Garza said there are more than 50 scheduled classes each week that offer something for all fitness levels from beginner to expert.

Perhaps most important, Garza said, is the feeling of community and togetherness that is encouraged by the facility’s members and training staff.

“A lot of people need the extra motivation of a group setting. We encourage people to come in and try a class, because it’s a whole group working together and encouraging each other. It’s a team and we really work to build relationships,” she said.

“We tell people, just make the commitment to come in the door. Once you’re through those doors, we’ve got you. We’re here to help you reach your goals. We build relationships with our clients – we push them, we inspire and motivate them, and we love what we do here.”

For more information on the services offered by the Valley Baptist Health & Fitness Center, contact Manager Veronica Garza at (956) 230-1245.

THINGS TO DO

1. Get moving – Whether it’s going for a simple walk or completing a regular chore like mowing the grass, routinely engaging in light exercise can help reduce the shock of starting a new exercise routine in January.

2. Find something you enjoy – Before starting your exercise routine, do some research and find an activity you enjoy. Enjoying your fitness routine can be the first step to a successful commitment.