Cenla residents look forward to 2018

PINEVILLE, La. (KALB) - While she already frequents the gym, Louisiana Athletic Club Member Tabatha Sinclair still has a fitness New Year's resolution in mind for 2018.

"To start cooking healthier, and getting my children more involved in the gym," Sinclair said.

But, almost all tapped out at the gym, many have different resolutions to try.

"To be more consistent with my time management," said college student Mason Adam.

"I would like to start eating better and I would also like to plant some pretty flowers at my house," said LAC Member Services Coordinator Kaitlyn Folse.

"To have a life that is more abundant and more fun," said 17-year-old member Stephen Magee.

Magee said setting goals gives people something to look forward to.

"It gets them essentially motivated to be able to do what it is that they have wanted to do maybe for a long time," Magee said.

But, he also knows it's important to stay active.

"We need to take care of ourselves and not just sit on the couch and play video games," Magee said.

LAC's Exercise Physiologist Leah Flynn said the first steps to a new fitness goal are journaling, goal setting and staying motivated.

"If you need to lose 50 pounds you may think, 'Oh my goodness I won't ever be able to do it,' so you break down your goals into short-term goals like I want to lose 1-2 pounds," Flynn said.

And she said the gym isn't the only place to workout.

"Take the stairs at work, use a bathroom that is on the other side of your house instead of closest to the living room and park further away," Flynn said.

However, fitness and diet go hand in hand.

"Usually everyone just wants a quick fix," said LAC Dietitian Katie Wehmeier. "They want an easy diet plan to follow, I try to rewind them a little bit."

Wehmeier said when trying to cut out fast food, pack healthy snacks.

"Lots of different protein bars, protein drinks and nuts," Wehmeier said. "Also just a piece of fruit. That is so easy to bring and you can even cut that at work."

And keep away from soda.

"I usually recommend to my clients, you think you are hungry, drink a glass of water," Wehmeier said. "Wait 10 to 20 minutes and see how hungry you still are."

While watching what you eat isn't easy, Sinclair hopes to turn her family into pros this new year.

"We just need to maintain it and do it more in the following year," said Wehmeier.

Any newcomers who want to join LAC can visit on New Year's Day from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. During that time those who sign up will only pay $1 for the month of January and February will be half off.

For more information on new programs LAC has in 2018 visit the attached link.

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