Fort Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) January 04, 2012
It’s that time of year again: resolutions that scream exercise, lose weight and diet. Studies show that 60% of resolutions fail within three months because of the lack of strategizing and planning. Is 2012 going to be the year of finally achieving New Year’s resolutions?
No matter one’s fitness goals, Lady of America Franchise Corporation wants to help everyone avoid roadblocks and reach the finish line. To start, Lady of America Franchise Corporation suggests taking an honest look at accomplishments and achievements in the past year. What are you happy with? What needs to change? A great way to get real with oneself is to keep a journal of thoughts to see it in black and white.
Next, set some realistic fitness goals. “Realistic goals are achievable goals, unrealistic goals are just dreams,” said Natalie Brabner, Lady of America’s official fitness trainer. “Want to lose weight? Want to be able to run up and down the stairs without getting winded? Want to run a 5k or a half marathon? Want to reduce triglyceride or cholesterol levels, or lower blood pressure? These are great examples of realistic goals.”
After one is clear about one’s goals it’s time to make a specific action plan and include all the steps one will take to reach one’s goal. “Expecting huge or unrealistic results in a short amount of time – like losing 50 pounds in three months – or making big changes that one can’t or won’t maintain will only leave one feeling like a failure once one stops working at them,” said Brabner. “One way to achieve this is by making one small change each week. In one year you will have made 52 changes toward a healthier lifestyle!”
Brabner cautions to expect challenges along the way. Now is the time to think about how to handle these so as to not derail the efforts. Lady of America Franchise Corporation suggests getting family and friends involved. Establishing a support system not only offers encouragement along the way, but helps with accountability.
Regularly measuring progress will also help when approaching roadblocks. “Don’t forget the importance of rewarding oneself for reaching incremental milestones; this will help maintain motivation and a positive outlook. No matter what, never stop trying. Making lifelong changes is an ongoing process and persistence will pay off,” said Brabner.
About Lady of America Franchise Corporation
For more than 27 years, Lady of America Franchise Corporation (LOAFC) has been an innovator in the constantly evolving business of women’s fitness. LOAFC was established in 1984 with the goal of providing a safe and rewarding environment to women working on fitness and lifestyle goals while enjoying the company and support of other women. The company continues to host fun fitness and exercise challenges. Today, LOAFC is the world’s largest full-service chain of women’s fitness centers with more than 95 franchises in operation across 45 states and nine countries under the brands LOA Fitness for Women, Lady of America, Ladies Workout Express, Workout Express and HCOA Fitness.