Fitness resolutions to accentuate the positive

Mon Dec 27, 2010 6:10am EST
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By Dorene Internicola

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Whether galvanized by that shiny new treadmill under the tree, the trial gym membership in your Christmas stocking, or those five pounds you've packed on over the holidays, you're determined to get fit in 2011.

Good luck.

Experts know that as surely as Janus, the Roman god who symbolizes New Years Resolutions, has two faces, most of those January pledges will dissolve by March.

"Resolutions fail because they are unrealistic," said Dr. Belisa Vranich, a clinical psychologist in New York City.

Resolvers lose heart, Vranich said, because they "haven't prepared for failure, are not wholehearted about change and lack a support system."

Kristin McGee, a New York-based yoga and Pilates instructor, tells her clients that the difference between success and failure is mindfulness, so know thyself.

"Before starting a spin class at 5 a.m. ask yourself honestly if you like getting up that early, and if you like spin," said McGee. "If the answer is no, don't do it."

Fitness, she explains, is not one-size-fits-all.   Continued...

<p>Clients work out on machines at the Bally Total Fitness facility in Arvada, Colorado in this June 15, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Rick Wilking</p>