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How to keep New Year's resolutions of losing weight, working out

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When it comes to New Year's resolutions, working out and losing weight are old standbys. When it comes to New Year's resolutions, working out and losing weight are old standbys.
When it comes to New Year's resolutions, working out and losing weight are old standbys.

But how do you make these resolutions stick?

"Accountability is a huge thing," said Jeff Cogell, head coach at Orangetheory Fitness' South Tampa location on S. Dale Mabry Highway.

Cogell suggests finding a buddy who will help motivate you to work out, even when you feel like skipping a day.

When you start out, don't expect to see results immediately, he said. They're more likely to show up two to four weeks into your new routine, in the form of extra energy, weight loss and clothes that seem looser.

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Don't rely on the scale to tell you if the workout is working, he said, because it can be discouraging especially if you're gaining muscle. It also can't tell you about body fat percentage you may be losing.

Gyms and fitness studios often see a surge of activity around the beginning of the year, but Cogell says motivation sometimes slides a few months later, around March.

He recommends setting large and small incremental goals so you can see progress, and treating your workouts like you would treat your job.

"You're not going to be like, ‘I'm not going to that meeting.' It's scheduled, that's what it is, so schedule your workouts the same way," Cogell said.

For those getting back into a workout routine after a long time away from exercise, Cogell says to start slow.

"Always remember you have to baby your body," he said.

"So if you're putting it through something you haven't done before, ice the bumps and bruises or the sore things. Make sure you're stretching and make sure you're taking in a lot of water."

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