Reina Hasting

With the new year comes New Year’s resolutions. I don’t like to sound negative, but the reality is most of us will start strong with our new year’s goals and slowly peter out. Some people just think about their resolutions and don’t take action. According to the Statistic Brain Research Institute, only about 3% of us will follow through.

Making a change in behavior takes time and it varies per individual. It can take weeks or years for some of us. So what if you gained back what you lost? So what if you stopped going to that fitness class? So what if you never even used that gym membership? You can still get back to your goal. It doesn’t have to be a special occasion to start making change.

I had a friend who attended a series of classes on how to make healthier choices. She did great and lost weight, but several months later, started gaining it back. She happened to bump in to her instructor and is now back on track again. Sometimes finding the right support helps. It can be an app, a friend or simple conversation with someone who understands and can help you get back on track like my friend did.

Evaluate why you stopped and make changes to improve your chances of staying course. Does your plan fit in your schedule? If not, reschedule and try again. Is it something you really like to do? If it’s not, find something else. If it’s something you love to do, you will do it with less effort.

If it’s a new activity, did you give it a chance? Sometimes just giving something new a chance is all it takes, but give it more than just one try. If I had never given Zumba a chance, my life would be different.

Whatever your goals are, remember you can start any time. Happy New Year!

Check the following regarding group fitness class opportunities:

Your local university. UAF Community and Technical College offers over 40 one-credit recreational classes from swimming, yoga and Zumba to rock climbing. You don’t have to be in a degree program to register. You can call 455-2800 for information. You can check out the recreational classes at www.ctc.uaf.edu/academics/course-schedule.

Ask your local Cooperative Extension office about Strong Women or Strong Seniors classes at 907-474-1530. They are offered free to the community.

There are many exercise opportunities in the Fairbanks area, from walking outside, snowshoeing or skiing to fitness studios. Most gyms and/or instructors offer the first class or visit free before having to commit to buying a punch card or membership.

So, if you have a goal, don’t despair if your plan gets derailed. Just reset and keep your sights on the long-term goal. You can get back on track at any point.

Reina Hasting is a coordinator with Extension’s Family Nutrition Program, which is administered by the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. For questions, she can be contacted at rhhasting@alaska.edu or 907-474-2437.