On The Right Track
January 6, 2020
Already feeling overwhelmed by your 2020 goals? We sat down with our team of experts and put together 7 simple ways to stay on track with your New Year’s Resolutions this year.
What is it about that magical feeling on January 1 (after the NYE hangover subsides) that leaves us feeling so inspired to make changes? And why is it that, usually, come February our progress seems to stop entirely? Here are some tips from the experts at Chelsea Piers Fitness to help you stay on top of your New Year's Resolutions.
You are What You Eat
Oscar Herrera – Pier Trainer
Whether your goal is to lose weight, gain mass or improve your overall health - getting an idea of what your nutrition currently looks like, and what you can change to eat better will help drastically. One of the best ways to stay on track is to receive help from a knowledgeable personal trainer who will hold you accountable and accommodate your caloric intake to your goals.
Brett Scarmazzo – Assistant GM
Set yourself up for success by creating small, attainable goals. Don't try to tackle the entire year all at once. Figure out what it is that you are looking to accomplish, and then break it down into smaller parts. Focus on the first 4-6 weeks of the New Year so that you can establish your new routine and are comfortable with sticking to it. Don't be afraid to make adjustments where needed and track your progress along the way for motivation.
Leave Yourself a Note
Jesse DeMarco – Master Trainer
The best way to stay on track is to leave yourself hand written Post It note affirmations. Leave notes that support your goals on the front door or on the bathroom mirror to remind yourself what you're working for.
Build a Strong Foundation
Harold Raschke-Robinson – Pier Trainer
Make a commitment to be in the gym three days a week. Work on a foundation for strength and cardio and also work to add a stretching routine. Set up a comp session to work with one of trainers to help reach your short term goals.
Everything in Moderation
Joy Quides-Sanchez – Hospitality Associate + Manager
Don't make any resolutions or start any new diets! Eat and drink in moderation. Do workouts or exercises you will enjoy. Don't limit yourself - if you like something, enjoy it! Take time out for yourself - go for long walks, enjoy that book you've been meaning to read, go sit in the steam room and decompress! Take Restorative Yoga with Dana, Hunt, or Kathy!
Don't Crash and Burn
Rodney Harris – Group Fitness Instructor
Don’t do a “crash diet”, which is shown to damage your metabolism. Instead focus on making smaller changes within the diet such as no soda, less processed foods, increasing water intake if necessary. These changes can build better long-term habits.
Michael Sabala – Head of Aquatics, Brooklyn
Keep a journal, whether it’s in a “note” on your phone or in a new, crisp book. Write down what you do and give it a little context so when you review your work from the gym, whether it’s at the end of the day or the week or the month, you can be honest with yourself about the work you have put in and you can see how it correlates to results in your body composition or performance.