How to Follow Through with Your New Year’s Fitness Resolutions

The following is a guest post written by Dave West of Koko Fitclub and does not necessarily reflect the views of exercisebasics.

Every year like clockwork on January 1, people across this country make a commitment to lose weight, get fit or stay healthy.

Do you know how many people reach their New Year’s resolutions? Not many. According to, only 8 percent of people successfully achieve their New Year’s goals.

As an owner of fitness and health clubs in Scottsdale, Arizona, I see this process first hand. I’ve seen people fail. I’ve seen people succeed. In my opinion, what separates success from failure is ATTITUDE. The people who stick with their New Year’s fitness resolutions tend to have a positive outlook on life.

Sure, these people experience speed bumps along the road to their fitness goals. But they look at them as learning experiences.

Having a positive outlook on life can do so many great things for you. The Mayo Clinic says a good attitude:

  • Increases your life span 
  • Improves psychological and physical well-being 
  • Decreases the risk of cardiovascular diseases

In my personal experience, it also helps you reach your New Year’s fitness goals. So how do you carry a positive attitude throughout 2013? It starts by following these steps.

Step #1: Have a Plan – Too often people are set up to fail because they don’t have a plan to reach their fitness goals. It’s important to establish a fitness plan that meets your objectives. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when setting up your plan.

Step #2: Keep It Real – Know your strength and fitness levels. Setting unrealistic goals is going to make it tough to reach your goals.

Step #3: Monitor Progress – It’s going to be tough to reach your goals if you don’t monitor them. Monitoring progress helps keep you on track. It also builds confidence and momentum as you start to inch toward your goals.

Step #4: Always Be Learning – Knowledge really is power. Get help from fitness instructors. Read blogs like Exercise Basics or the Koko FitClub Arizona Fitness Blog. The more you know, the more confident you’ll become.

Step #5: Have Fun – It’s tough to stay positive if you’re not having much fun. Find a gym and do activities that make you smile. You’ll see an improvement in your confidence and fitness levels.

Following these tips will help you improve your attitude when it comes to fitness. Before you set any weight or fitness goals for 2013, make it a priority to stay positive.

Former professional baseball player Wade Boggs put it best: “A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.”

Dave West is the owner of Koko FitClub gyms in Scottsdale, Arizona. You can find out more about Koko FitClub by visiting


  1. Step number 2 or keeping it real is actually a key to achieving your goal in shedding off some extra weight. Thanks for the info.

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