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“The story in our head is what is stopping us” – how to stick to your New Year’s fitness resolutions

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - While it's not the most original New Year's resolution, that doesn't make it a bad one.

For many of us saying new year, new me - that includes a new gym membership and eating plan. But how long will you truly keep it up?

40% of Americans entered the new decade with New Year’s resolutions.

“January I think everywhere is the busiest in the fitness industry. I’ve been in this world, the fitness world, for 20 years and you see it every January,” said Jenny Schatzle , co-owner of Bond Fitness on Carrillo Street in Santa Barbara. 

Psychologists say about half of the people with resolutions will aim to lose weight or get in shape.

“My resolution is just to keep it up,” said Meredith Jacobsen of Santa Barbara. 

“This year, I want to be more fluid with my workouts,” Heather Ayer, Santa Barbara. 

“This is my mom so we encourage each other to come out and workout together,” said Madison and Sabrina Blum of Santa Barbara. 

Statistics show that by February, 80% of those 2020 goals will fall by the wayside.

“The problem is people go so hard so fast. They cut their calories, they cut their food, they start working out zero to 100,” said Schatzle. 

Instead, Schatzle says any movement is good movement. She says you’ll see results with baby steps, a community and showing up for you.

“In the busy holiday season, just to take some time to re-center myself and focus on something that’s healthy and active for just me,” said Jacobsen.

“It makes you feel good, it feels amazing,” adds Sabrina Blum. 

Schatzle says it’s not a quick fix, the goal is to make fitness a lifetime change.

“I really believe that the story in our head is what is stopping us. I really urge people whatever level you’re at, just start. Whether it’s walking for five minutes outside, whether it’s joining a program or a gym, just start,” said Schatzle. 

If you’re looking for some inspiration, Schatzle says working out shouldn’t be a chore.

“Instead of making a task and saying I have to go work out, I think if people change their mindset into, 'I get to work out, I get to move,' that’s going to keep them in the movement longer than just January,” said Schatzle. 

Schatzle says people often put off working out entirely if they don't have time for a full class or lengthy workout. Another tip to avoid falling off the wagon: do what you can, even if it's a quick walk outside.

Health / Holidays / Lifestyle / Santa Barbara - South County

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