By Toni Ziegler

The New Year is upon us.  Do any of these statements sound familiar?  My New Year’s resolution is to get into better shape.  My New Year’s resolution is to get back in the gym.  My New Year’s resolution is to lose weight, eat better, stop being so lazy… the list goes on and on. 

Some of the most frequently stated New Year’s resolutions have something to do with a person’s physical condition.  There’s always a “blast” of well-meaning people who say it and even go so far as to buy a gym membership, start a new diet, purchase new workout equipment or workout clothes!  Are you one of those?  Do you know anyone who is?

First, let me say that as a personal trainer, I am thrilled to hear anyone talk about getting into better physical shape.  What’s heartbreaking is to watch the onslaught of new people who show up at the gym at the beginning of January and by March (or sooner) are no longer coming.

If you find yourself being someone (or you know of someone) who has made one of the aforementioned resolutions, and at this reading have already found yourself having broken it or are on the brink of breaking it, consider the following!  

The meaning of a resolution is:  a firm decision to do or not to do something.  Resolutions usually come from a well-meaning desire within a person.  However, behind every resolution is the “why” of doing the “something” that the resolution is about.  What is your “why” behind your resolution?  It has to be important enough to make you overcome all of the excuses about why you may not follow through with your resolution.   I believe most people who make a resolution and then break it are being too hard on themselves with regards to the speed at which this resolution will change their lives.  With regards to fitness specifically, I tell people who are starting to work out for the first time, or who haven’t been in the gym for years, this simple statement:  You didn’t get to where you are overnight, and you won’t get out of it overnight either. So, be kind to yourself.  

What does that mean?  Be real with yourself.  Give yourself a chance.  Set reasonable goals.  Be realistic in your expectations.  Find someone who is an expert and talk to them about realistic goals.  Seek deep within yourself to figure out what your why is.  Write it out, and keep it close to remind yourself every time you hesitate to follow through on your commitment. Ask yourself “why” you made the resolution in the first place.  This column is about fitness, so I’ve used fitness as the example; however, I believe this applies to all resolutions we make in life!  

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.  3 John 1:2 

I pray 2019 will be your best year ever!  And remember, be kind to yourself.  God bless!

Toni Ziegler is a Cooper Institute Certified Personal Trainer. 

She trains at Cross Gates Family Fitness, 1311 Gause Boulevard in Slidell, LA 70458

She is the founder of Your Temple Fitness.  Feel free to email her at: