Lorna Kleidman Comments on High Failure Rate of New Year’s Fitness Resolutions

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Fitness expert Lorna Kleidman responds to an article discussing the lack of follow-through with many new gym-goers.

On January 16, Lorna Kleidman, a fitness expert and trainer specializing in kettlebell exercises, comments on an article discussing the failure of many people’s New Year’s fitness resolutions.

A recent article published by The Daily Mail describes the significant financial investments that optimistic couch potatoes often make at the beginning of the year as part of their renewed efforts to get fit. The article reports that according to a recent poll conducted in England, gyms and fitness centers typically sell many new memberships at the beginning of the year. However, many of these new would-be health nuts find that their resolve rarely lasts beyond 3 months.

The article quotes a spokesman from the company carrying out the research, who suggests that it’s time to be honest with ourselves about our efforts to get healthy. While people may attempt to inspire themselves with a lot of new equipment and exercise accessories or a shiny new gym membership, “a couple of weeks later the motivation is gone and they’re left with a big hole in their wallets.”

According to the article, 87 percent of those polled had tried and failed to improve their lifestyle in the past; 75 percent also said “they bought fancy sports kit in a bid to encourage them to get down to the gym or pounding the pavement, but more often than not, items such as high-end running shoes and the latest fitness clothing spent more time on the shelf than soaking up sweat.”

Fitness advocate Lorna Kleidman releases a statement reflecting on the results of the poll. “Part of the problem is a lack of clear direction in setting fitness goals,” says Kleidman. “We may commit ourselves to the idea of getting healthy, but we have unrealistic expectations and are left with only a vague idea of how to proceed, and what first step to take. It pays to start small,” states Kleidman, and set manageable, incremental goals. Kettlebell exercises are one great way to create a fun and rewarding exercise routine at home or at the gym without laying out a lot of cash – and you can sign up for a single introductory class to dip your toe in the water without any frustrating contracts. Buying a lot of expensive equipment and clothing can be inspiring, but it can also be daunting. Make sure your New Year’s resolutions help you understand that a “new you” can only come in stages.

Lorna Kleidman is a Three-Time World Champion and World Record holder in kettlebell sport and the most decorated kettlebell athlete in the country. She developed the innovative methods used in KettleX as a way to bring the benefits of the bells to everyone in an easy to use, comprehensive and fun format. Lorna has been teaching individuals and group classes for the past six years.


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