Resolve to pursue fitness beyond January by following these tips

January 3, 2014 | by

Don’t panic. Start small. Increase gradually. Have fun. Eat real food. Listen to your body. Love your body.

Jeanette DePatie, aka The Fat Chick, a certified fitness instructor and personal trainer, offers tips and advice for making fitness resolutions stick.

Jeanette DePatie, aka The Fat Chick, a certified fitness instructor and personal trainer, offers tips and advice for making fitness resolutions stick.

Jeanette DePatie, a certified fitness instructor and personal trainer who goes by The Fat Chick, recently offered that advice via TweetChat to people considering their fitness goals for 2014.

Every year, many people vow to lose weight or start exercising more. These are worthy goals – as both have been linked with reduced risk of cancer and diabetes. However, many people give up these resolutions by mid-January, returning to the couch and the drive-thru.

It doesn’t have to be that way, DePatie says. Here's some of the changes-for-the-long-term advice she and other participants shared in our recent TweetChat.

  • It can be scary at first, but the key is to start GENTLY. You can always ramp up. Start with a few minutes and see. @fatchicksings
  • Find an activity (or better yet, a few!) you enjoy & do them. (personally, I'm into urbanhikes, rollerblading & yoga) @foodie_fitness
  • Good idea to make sure you have charged cell phone for walk. And walk short loops until you're comfortable with your fitness level. @fatchicksings
  • Set some goals and write them down. Then talk to loved ones about them & ask for support. It's much easier to accomplish w/help. @rxwiki
  • Getting fit does not have to be hard or expensive. You can also use a pedometer (like the one I got from COH) to count steps. @fatchicksings
  • According to the National Weight Control Registry (the largest prospective investigation of long-term successful weight loss maintenance), 94 percent of participants increased their physical activity. The most common activity reported is walking. @cityofhope
  • Opt for healthier food choices rather than substitutions (i.e. instead of sugar/fat substitutes, try using less of regular stuff). @foodie_fitness
  • Change is more effective and works better when you start by liking yourself. @fatchicksings
  • Spot reducing is a myth. You can use spot exercises to strength, but won’t make that spot smaller. @fatchicksings
  • Key term here is LONG TERM. That’s what we want. These life changes are not just two weeks in January. @fatchicksings

For more tips, questions and answers, view the full chat here.