For fitness success, stick to a plan

Mon Jan 24, 2011 8:07am EST
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By Dorene Internicola

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Before January's determination to shape up in 2011 fades into February's remorse, fitness experts warn about the most common mistakes than can impede success.

Without a plan, they say, many a New Year's fitness resolution is lost.

"It's bigger than saying 'every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, I'm going to work out,' " said Kerri O'Brien of Life Fitness, the Illinois-based exercise equipment company.

Without an overarching strategy, O'Brien contends, good intentions won't go far.

"There's no plan for the goals, there's no plan for the schedule, there's no plan for the nutrition, there's no plan for the reward system," she said. "And there's no plan for when you fall off the wagon."

A personal trainer can help you create and adhere to a program, according to O'Brien, so can websites and books.

"Accountability is a big umbrella," she said.

Success is a matter of selecting one thing, sticking to it and not overdoing it.   Continued...

<p>Guests workout in the gym including (C) Heather Murray pointing to her hip during a "mountain" class at the Biggest Loser Resort in Ivins, Utah September 6, 2010. REUTERS/Rick Wilking</p>