The drum beat on social media has already started.
“Dear All The Upcoming New Year’s Resolutions People, STAY AWAY FROM MY GYM!!!! Thank you, Monte,” a Twitter user wrote recently.
“I’m not going to get upset at the countless people who are going to flood the gym for 3 weeks and then disappear for the year because of their New Year’s Resolution #ipromise," said another Twitter user.
For the uninitiated, New Year’s resolution people turn up at gyms, pools, and yoga studios after the first of the year, crowding the facilities, annoying the regulars, and generally are no-shows by February.
We asked experts how resolution people can become regulars -- and fit in at the gym from the start.
“If you don’t have a goal, you don’t know you are being successful,” said James Gaddy, head coach and manager of OrangeTheory Fitness in Cherry Hill. “There is no measurable way to improve.”
Decide on your objectives and then plan achievable goals to get you there. Enlist the help of a trainer or coach, if necessary. Commit to a schedule and have all your equipment organized and ready ahead of time, he said.
“Don’t go in there thinking it will happen overnight,” Gaddy said. “In reality, succeeding becomes simply showing up.”
“I hear people make a lot of excuses,” said John Kenny, owner of French Creek Racing and a certified training coach.
“You need to rise above the excuses and do what you need to do,” he said. Even traveling shouldn’t be a reason to pass on a workout.
“Traveling is a chance to work out some place different and that is exciting to me,” said Kenny.
To create a sustainable fitness routine, incorporate changes gradually and thoughtfully.
“Explore a few different types and methods of working out to see what feels good and fits into your schedule,” said Megan Provost, a yoga instructor at Amrita Yoga and Wellness in Fishtown. Once you find something that is enjoyable, it is less likely to feel like it is disrupting your life, she said.
Especially for runners, start at the bottom with your shoes. “The right foot gear is a huge help for preventing injuries,” said Ed Brittingham, manager at the Chester County Running Store in West Chester. Spend the time to make sure the fit is good, he said.
Wearing the right layers -- moisture-wicking fabrics, not cotton -- will help keep you comfortable when working out in the cold, he said.
There is more accountability when a group or even just one friend is involved.
“It gives you another motivation for going back,” said Provost.
“Find ways to have fun," said Brittingham. There is a shared camaraderie in joining a group even if you are not training for an event. If you show up, others will be there and you won’t be alone on your fitness journey, he said.
“It is not as easy to fall off the bandwagon,” Brittingham said.