Reality of resolutions on weight loss, health

Photo by Sarah Trumbley. Gym equipment at a community fitness centre Photo by Sarah Trumbley. Gym equipment at a community fitness centre

Sarah Trumbley

Life Reporter

January is coming to an end and the reality of New Year’s resolutions are starting to kick in.

“Sometimes people don’t think through their resolutions and maybe they aren’t realistic,” Humber counsellor Liz Sokol said. People’s resolutions resemble wishes rather than realistic goals , which makes them less likely to be successful, she said.

The most common New Year’s resolutions among students concern exercise and weight loss, said Sokol, adding that it’s worrisome that such resolutions can be misguided.

“I’d like to say students are thinking about their health but I am not so sure about that. I wonder, is it just about how they look?”

Sokol said a lot of students go to the gym with concerns about their appearance, as opposed to being tired or not having enough energy.

“They make goals to lose 30 pounds right away instead of trying to make their bodies healthier.”

Sandy Spiro, a Goodlife-certified fitness instructor, said that New Year’s resolutions are great, but only if you go pursue them for the right reason. Each year she notices a lot of beginners in her January classes trying to fulfill resolutions that are sometimes unrealistic..

“They try to do as much as the people who have been taking my classes for years, but this is dangerous,” said Spiro.

Spiro sees people setting impractical goals, such as losing 20 pounds in two weeks. When they don’t reach their goals, they give up.

New Year’s resolutions should be realistic and achievable, said Spiro.

“If you do that, there is no reason why you shouldn’t succeed. In terms of getting in shape, don’t make your goal be to lose a bunch weight, make your goal to be healthy and weight loss will follow naturally,” said Spiro.

Culinary arts student Elisha Ward said she made the unrealistic resolution of going to the gym every morning before school.

“When I made the resolution I didn’t think of a plan on how to follow through, I just told myself I would do it without thinking about the how factor,” she said.

Ward gave up her resolution 10 days into the New Year, realizing it was more a wish than a resolution.

“Make it whatever works for you, recognizing that you have to be motivated to achieve that goal to start with and if you’re not, chances are less likely to succeed,” said Sokol.