COLORADO SPRINGS — It's the first day of the new year and that means people across the world are making those New Year's resolutions.
Two of the most popular ones - to eat healthier and lose weight.
We all know how easy it is to make those goals and then a few months later become stagnant. We're told that usually happens due to a lack of support, knowledge, not seeing results, or getting discouraged. In speaking with local businesses we learned some simple tips to help you stay the course in 2020.
When it comes to fitness Chelsea Secord, general manager at Crunch Fitness North Colorado Springs, said, "The commitment to this isn't a quick fix. It is going to be an ever-long process."
While everyone's fitness journey is different she said, "The first step is just starting, just making that decision."
Beyond that - getting the right kind of support.
"We are doing a fitness challenge, a 60-day challenge where you get that support that people often lack."
That program - combining group fitness training, personal training, and lots of check-ins. No matter what kind of routine you choose make a plan and understand it's a lifestyle change.
Secord said, "Be nice to yourself, but never ever, ever get stagnant up here or in here and the rest will follow."
A healthy diet is also just as important as a solid exercise routine.
Dan Fuhr, founder of Cafe Red Point, said, "Our big mission here is to serve food that leads to health and wellness, and increases performance."
He started the business about three years ago and is now working to serve up fresh and lean food options for his customers.
This year he's trying to promote "tips of how to get more vegetables in your diet...spinach, kale, tomatoes, cucumbers, kalamata olives...how to make eating more of a ritual...whatever you can do to get off eating processed, packaged food that's going to improve your health dramatically."
That means putting the screen down and making it a priority to eat with other people and actually prepare meals yourself.
"I know a lot of people don't like cooking so like just set one day a week I'm going to find a new recipe on the internet, I'm going to buy all the ingredients and I'm going to make it for myself."
Putting these nutrition and fitness steps into motion - they may just take you beyond this new year.
Secord said, "This is 2020. It's one year, but it could be 20 years you add on to your life."