Warren Reed, Camrose Canadian Lifestyles Contributor

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The key to sticking with healthy goals is often times all about the mental approach. Metro News Service

The mentality of change 

As January comes to an end, New Year’s Resolutions start becoming more and more difficult to maintain. All the good intentions you had of creating new habits and change in your life isn’t going as well as you had planned. But why is it so difficult to keep these going?

There are many things you can do to keep your work out routines fresh and not so routine. Metro News Service

Keeping your work out routines fresh 

As the season changes to winter, it becomes less and less enticing to go outside to be active. The days have gotten colder, and the shortened hours of daylight make it difficult to find the motivation to keep up with an exercise regime. Along with the mounting stress that comes with the preparation for the holiday season, putting in hours at the gy

File photo/ Camrose Canadian It is best to have kids play multiple sports growing up so that they develop different skills and muscles.

Importance of avoiding specialization in sports

With kids going back to school and most organized sports starting up again, I think it’s important to think about the impact that sport specialization can have.

Too often the word “pain” is used as a catch-all for any kind of bodily discomfort while working out or exercising. It is important to determine what kind of discomfort you are experiencing in order to identify if something is wrong. Metro News Services

What your pain is trying to tell you

There are lots of different sensations that a person can experience when working out. Unfortunately, for the novice exerciser, those different feelings can all be lumped into one general category: pain.

There are many budget-friendly ways to work out, including the outdoor gym at Jubilee Park in Camrose. Josh Aldrich/ Camrose Canadian

Stay in shape while staying on budget

Personal trainers can be expensive. Gyms can get crowded and will suck money out of your account until you die. Exercise programs only progress if you keep paying for the next series.

When you go to the gym it is important to actually put the time in working out, not socializing, if you want to see results. Metro News Services

Path to success lies through commitment

Over the past few weeks, I’ve found myself getting into similar conversations with clients, athletes and parents about their training or the training of their kids.

When looking at different types of diets, design yours with the proper nutrients and fuel to help you see the results you want. Completely eliminating carbs, fats or proteins will limit the results you see while working out. Metro News Services

Diets should not eliminate fuel types

I’m going to start this with a disclaimer: I have no qualifications to give anyone detailed meal plans or nutritional advice. I may not have those certifications, but I can still share my opinions and experiences on the subject.

Metro News Service It is important to develop a realistic plan when setting any goals, especially fitness goals.

Make SMART fitness goals in the new year

I know I’m not going to be the only one who has come to the end of the year and made a bunch of grand resolutions for the new year. I’m also not going to be the only person that has either given up or forgotten about those resolutions within weeks. It’s easy to look back on the past and imagine a better you for the future. Whether you’re creating a