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his is the time of year when everyone with a sedentary lifestyle looks at themselves in the mirror and decides it is time to do something about the way they look. They lament with comments like “I need to get rid of this gut!” or “I need to lose the flab under my arms!”

Start working out with a friend for inspiration or find a professional trainer. It is easier for us to fall off the wagon when you don’t have anyone to hold you accountable. That’s why I recommend starting out with a trainer. He or she will definitely hold you accountable, after all, it’s part of their job.

They usually start off strong but typically one to three months later, they give up. Why is that? Well, there are quite a few reasons.

If the paradigm of a trainer/client relationship is true, you definitely won’t want to let him or her down. Show them, and yourself, just how committed you are to the new you. They will be prepared to teach you, so prepare to learn. Allow them to help you feel comfortable in the gym. You’ll surely build confidence and know-how when you work out alone.

You hear this time and time again but it is so important—set obtainable goals. It is okay to push yourself, but don’t constantly disappoint yourself by saying you’re going to do things you know you’re not going to do. Being fit and healthy doesn’t mean you have to aim for a six-pack. You need to know that getting and maintaining a six pack comes with sacrifices that you’re going to have to live with FOREVER. Instead, set weekly realistic goals then change and increase them as you achieve each one. Don’t let the cold weather slow you down as the year moves along. Unless you live in Miami or Los Angeles, you’re going to have to deal with some weather changes that might affect you going to the gym and working out. Don’t let the cold have you running for a couch instead of a fitness class. Bear the cold, it won’t last as long as a saggy belly. Summer bodies are made in the winter anyway!

Lastly, do not get discouraged. I can’t say this enough! This is not going to be an easy journey, but you’re worth the struggle. The New Year is not meant for you to start a change, it’s your time to reflect on the past year. Don’t just talk about change, be about it! I guarantee that the people who stick with it, feel better and look better. I’m sure you know some of these people, go ahead and ask them if it’s true. Revolt against the old you, and create a new, more refined you in this New Year.



It is an honor to present the winter 2015 Revolt issue of Urban Lux Magazine featuring actress Niecy Nash and several individuals that conti...