Getting fit in 2017? It'll take some work
In the week between Christmas and New Year's Day, the gym is jam-packed with people trying to burn off those Christmas calories.

"I like to dedicate about an hour, to an hour and a half of my day, to working out," said Angie Wright, a run coach at the Plymouth Life Time Fitness.

Wright says that anyone with a health-related New Year's resolution should start by scheduling exercise into their day.

"Everybody lives by their phones," Wright said. "They have their calendars on their phones. Actually create appointments for yourself each day to go and work out."

Wright schedules her workouts early in the morning and makes her way to the gym at least five days a week. She just gave birth in August, and she's already close to her pre-baby weight.

"My own physical fitness is very important to me," Wright said. "I have three little boys at home. I need the energy that I get from working out, from running, to keep up with my boys."

Keeping up with her children was her main objective. And for others trying to get fit in 2017, Wright says it's important to set realistic and smart goals for themselves.

"Have a specific goal, so don't just say 'I want to lose weight,'" Wright said. "Say, 'I want to lose 20 lbs by June 1,' so have a very specific goal. Have it be measurable."

Life Time is helping people start the new year off right by holding its annual 'Commitment Day' celebration this weekend, where members and non-members can try out a variety of fitness activities.

"You can come in and just let them know at the front desk that you're here to experience the 'Commitment Day' activities and they'll let you on it.

Taking that first step in the door is an important one. Of course, it takes willpower, accountability, and motivation for any fitness plan to succeed.

In wright's case, it also takes some sacrificing, but she says it's worth it.

"It's definitely worth it to sacrifice a little bit of sleep to be able to get the juices flowing in the morning," she said.

Life Time's 'Commitment Day' activities begin on Dec. 30 and go through Jan. 2.

Delane Cleveland

Dec. 27, 2016


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