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Fitness experts weigh in on keeping New Year's resolutions

People woke up early to head to a class at the downtown Cedar Rapids YMCA
People woke up early to head to a class at the downtown Cedar Rapids YMCA (KCRG)
Published: Jan. 2, 2017 at 7:25 AM CST
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Turning the calendar to 2017 means the chance to turn over a new leaf and make some hopefully lasting New Year’s resolutions.

One of the most popular picks for a resolution is of course pumping more iron.

The Helen G. Nassif YMCA in downtown Cedar Rapids has a number of group and fitness classes to help people get in shape.

They have everything from aerobics, cycling, swimming and more.

The fitness instructors say they know it can be tough, but the best way to keep up with your New Year’s resolution is to stay motivated and stick to a plan.

“Set some goals, where do you want to be after five days, how many times do you want to be able to get to the gym and what classes do you want to take, just setting those small goals for yourself and that will progress into those bigger goals you want to achieve,” says YMCA fitness instructor Robin Thomas.

Fitness instructors say it usually takes about 21 days of continuous exercise for someone to stick to your new health goals.

Trainers at the YMCA say even if you're a beginner, don't worry they have programs for everyone, even if you haven't worked out in a long time.

Instructors do warn that working out with little experience on harder machines can lead to injuries, so it's important that if you're working out for the first time, to go easy.

“Keep the weights really light, little resistance and just gradually work your way up and all the instructors here are great so if you have any questions you can certainly reach out to them and they would be happy to answer any questions too,” says Thomas.

The YMCA in downtown Cedar Rapids will also be hosting the World’s Biggest One Day Workout, a free event on Saturday, January 14th.