Tips to make your resolution a reality

We’re only two days into the new year, but Island health clubs and gyms are already packed with people trying to start 2017 off right. As Skye Ryan reports, we get some expert help on how to keep those New Year’s resolution.


They’re breathless and smiling ear-to-ear at the Nanaimo Athletic Club. That’s where a motivated group of Nanaimo women are making fitness look fun at their weekly class.

“When your heart is pounding and you’re completely out of breath and the sweat is dripping down your face, I just think how lucky I am that I can do that,” says instructor Kasey Scott.  

But for many others who’ve set out goals or resolutions to get fit in 2017, it can be a struggle to surrender old habits.
Bodybuilder Dolly Skailes, says she often sees the gym packed with new people in early January and then they stop coming.

Only a fraction of the people who begin working out to either lose weight or build strength, keep to it. Her advice for keeping on track is to stop comparing themselves to others.

“You have to come in and not worry about what everyone else looks like or someone else looks like, because you won’t be them ever. You’re you,” says Skailes.

For Nanaimo doctor Guy Joly, being on a treadmill is nearly a miracle in itself after breaking his back in a cycling accident five months ago.
“So if you think of it as very small steps, it’s not climbing a mountain,” says Joly. “It’s just gradually going there slowly and you can do it.”

That’s what worked for him.

“Walking with a walker on the street. I went half a block initially, then a block,” says Joly. “Then I started counting houses. Going one more house, one more house, one more house until I could do a kilometre.”

That’s how he began to form a healthy habit of exercise.

“It takes about 26 days to create a new habit or to break an old habit,” says Personal Trainer Patrick Skailes. “So you’re looking at about a month that will get you started.”

But once you start, there’s no looking back.