Monday, January 15, 2001

Pick a fitness plan that's right for you

By David Patania

        Question: I have a history of real trouble sticking to my New Year's fitness resolution. Any ideas?

        Answer: If you are tired of getting on and then falling off the “fitness wagon,” do yourself a favor and change your concept of what fitness is and isn't.

        Fitness is what you make it, and if this year you decide to discard resolutions and instead choose a sensible approach based on your preferences, that would be a great first step in the right direction.

        You need tofigure out exactly what activities you enjoy doing. A lot of people make the mistake of choosing activities that they really don't enjoy, then quit. The media bombards us with thousands of ideas, and we often get caught up in trying out whatever the latest fad then give up.

        Instead of the latest fad, try activities that you thought were in your past or that you say you don't have time for anymore.If you once played soccer, join an indoor soccer league during the winter and outdoor in the spring and summer 1-2 nights per week.

        If you used to swim in college, find a local pool with open swim times, recapture some great memories, get in great shape and meet new people with the same interests.

        Don't fool yourself into believing that fitness has to be any other way than what you make it. If you really want to make a lasting change with regard to your physical well being then you will find the time that is necessary to reach your goals.

        Consistency relies upon passion, so if you partake in activities that you enjoy doing, your days of unfulfilled resolutions will be behind you.

        Dave Patania, a certified personal trainer, welcomes your questions at


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