Sticking to healthy habits in the long run

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - At the start of every new year, many flock to gyms to lose the holiday weight gain.

"It's the execution and the action behind that goal that's going to bring change," expressed Gillian Funk, owner of Studio G.

This is easier said than done.

First, figure out an action plan to achieve your goal and, second, your 'WHY'.

"People that are successful, they have small and simple goals that they start with and turn into something much bigger," said Funk.

“Let's set realistic goals. If your goal is to look like a model within a certain amount of time, you know, it's not that it's not realistic. It's just, you want to set time frames," said Roman Vela, personal trainer at Gold's Gym. "Break it up into increments. Even if you have to do it by month, do monthly goals to get to the point where you're trying to get your overall achievement.”

Third, surround yourself with like-minded people and a supportive environment. This also includes getting a workout buddy.

"It makes working out more fun and you also are held accountable with that friend and you just have more confidence," said Funk.

Fourth, find activities in that positive environment that you enjoy to keep you going.

"If you hate running on a treadmill, let's not have that be a part of your action plan until you start to enjoy it," said Funk.

Fifth, don't focus on the number on the scale. That can always bring you down, when you don't see the numbers drop as much as you'd like.

"A good point is to have a good balanced exercise routine to where you’re lifting some weights. You’re doing some flexibility training," Funk said. "You may not see those numbers on the scale go down but what we focus on here-and a lot of studios and gyms focus on--body fat loss and inches lost."

It’s not all about what you do in the gym. What you put or don't in your mouth plays a huge factor in your results.

"For some people, it's giving up fast food everyday. That's their 'better'. For other people, it's trying to eat more fruits and vegetables, so it's just making small improvements in your eating,” Funk said. "That's gonna help you in the long run."

"It's time to get fresh fruits and vegetables, protein. Cutting out pop is just even a big factor right there as it can cut out a lot of sugar," explained Vela.

Not having time to eat is no excuse.

"Everyone's busy," said Vela. "It's okay to tell people 'Hey, hold on a second. Let me get something to eat'."

Especially if you’re starting out, don’t be afraid to enter a fitness environment.

"We all, myself included, we had a starting point," Vela stated. "Be okay that 'Hey, it's gonna take some time.' It took some effort to get you where you started. It's gonna take some effort to get you where you wanna go."

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