PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Only one in eight people who make New Year’s resolutions actually end up following through for the full year, according to a study completed by the University of Scranton. With health and fitness resolutions being the most common, an executive at Retro Fitness – a leading national low-cost, high-value fitness chain – provides tips for staying on pace and motivated throughout the year.
CEO and founder Eric Casaburi says the first month is always the easiest to keep up with resolutions, but not many follow through past March. He said, “It’s something new that you want to achieve. Then as time goes on, life happens – schedules become busy and resolutions are completely forgotten.”
Casaburi outlined several effective strategies to help track health and fitness goals:
- Plan Ahead: Anticipate times when you might be put in a situation where eating healthy or working out could be difficult and determine ways to combat them. For example, if you plan on eating at a restaurant, review the menu beforehand and choose the healthiest option. Since you’ve already decided what to eat, you won’t be tempted by other choices.
- Set Mini Goals and Celebrate Little Wins: If your main goal is to lose ten pounds in four months, set smaller goals along the way so you are constantly making sure you are staying on track. When you meet your mini goals, celebrate them to encourage yourself to keep moving forward. Don’t set a reward that reverts back to a bad habit, such as indulging in your favorite dessert. Instead, buy new running shows or treat yourself to a massage.
- Anticipate Setbacks: There will be days when you feel like you put little or no effort toward your resolution. Don’t automatically give up just because a few days went wrong. Instead, determine what the problem was and develop a game plan to avoid this same setback.
- Talk about Your Resolutions: Make your resolution(s) known to your friends and family. When you’re catching up with them, they will likely ask about your progress and you’ll want to report back with positive news.
- Track Progress through a Journal or Mobile App: Keeping a record of your diet and fitness regimen helps you monitor progress and motivates you to stick to your plan. If you are constantly keeping track of your diet, workouts and weight, your resolution will stay top of mind, resulting in healthier decisions on a more consistent basis. There are plenty of free, user-friendly mobile apps available that make tracking simple, or consider starting a journal or making notes in a daily planner.
About Retro Fitness
Founded in 2004 by entrepreneur Eric Casaburi, Retro Fitness has evolved from a regional Northeast gym concept into a national fitness system with more than 120 gyms open in 15 states. Under Casaburi’s leadership, Retro Fitness is expanding its footprint with more than 100 gyms in its development pipeline and plans to open 300 gyms in the next three years in new, major markets, such as Florida, Illinois, California, Maryland, New York, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Each Retro Fitness location is equipped with a full-service fitness center, including 60-100 pieces of equipment supplied by leading manufacturers. The burgeoning franchise has placed in the top 300 of Entrepreneur’s magazine’s prestigious Franchise 500 list for five consecutive years. For more information, please visit www.retrofitness.com, and to learn more about franchise opportunities visit www.retrofranchising.com.