FITNESS Australia chairman and Fitness Attitude owner Michael Vincent.
FITNESS Australia chairman and Fitness Attitude owner Michael Vincent.

Like minds lead to a fit body

UNFIT friends may rub off on anyone looking to get in shape as part of their new year’s resolution, according to Fitness Australia chairman Michael Vincent.

Anyone taking the annual pledge to get into shape and lose weight should find additional friends who are also looking to hit the gym, he says.

“Hanging out with unfit people will keep you unfit,” Mr Vincent said.

“It’s the power of association. It’s like when your mum told you not to hang out with the bad kids at school.

“Don’t ditch your friends completely of course, just find some new ones in the same frame of mind.”

Mr Vincent, owner of Fitness Attitude in Tweed Heads West, said another key to successful weight loss is for people to put themselves first.

“New Year’s resolutions are a great time to start. It’s a time for people to realise that they shouldn’t be putting themselves last,” he said.

“Putting yourself first is the best new year’s resolution to make.

“We look after everyone else. We’re used to being the perfect person to our partners.”

Mr Vincent said he expects to see new customers in the third week of the month.

“There is a lot of procrastination in the first few days of the year and then people try to repeat what they’ve done in the past,” he said.

“We’ll see a lot of new members shortly. We’re going to find their willpower and work on it.”

In his other top tips, Mr Vincent encouraged people to keep a diary on their exercise, set realistic expectations and remember that working out is only a small component of losing weight.

“Eating well is just as important,” he said.

Murwillumbah nutritionist Olwen Anderson said it is important to start small.

“A lot of people start the year with some very worthy new year’s resolutions around their health but find it hard to keep them going,” she said.

“If they want to succeed with health changes it’s good to choose one goal, reward yourself when you’ve achieved it and then build on that.

“Developing new health habits takes at least a month of repetition before it becomes routine.”

Ms Anderson said slip-ups can happen but it is important to start again the next day.

“Also set goals for just three months, not the whole year. It’s an easier period of time to plan for,” she said.



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