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It’s mid-February and the number of people at the gym seems to have thinned out a bit. It happens every year around this time as New Year’s resolutions begin to fall by the wayside. It’s inevitable. Except it doesn’t have to be.

If you were one of those “new” people at the gym on Jan. 1 who hasn’t been there in the last week or so, I’d encourage you to go back. At some point, you had the motivation and made a commitment to get healthy. For some, that motivation is a desire to look better. For some, it’s a desire to feel better. Others just want to pass their fitness test. I don’t know what your motivation is, but I do know that it’s still there. So I’d ask you to look at the reasons you fell by the wayside and see if there’s a work around.

Feeling overwhelmed and not sure where to start? Talk to one of our personal trainers at the gym in Building 17 and find out what would work best for you and your goals. Did I mention it’s free so you’ve got nothing to lose?

Many people start off too quickly and can either injure themselves or burn out when they don’t see immediate results. I’d like to say it’s a rookie mistake, but I’m a fitness fanatic and last Saturday I made the mistake of trying to break in my new “five finger” running shoes too quickly with a long run. I could barely walk on Monday. My point is, if whatever you tried initially didn’t work, don’t give up, wait for it to get “easier” or try something else. We’ve got Zumba, spinning, yoga, sculpting, stretching, several “extreme” fitness classes, and my personal favorite, Kangoo.

Finally, one of the things I hear most is that people just can’t find the time. This is probably the hardest one to overcome and the most legitimate reason for not being able to work out. Between jobs, family and other commitments, it is hard to find the time. But if you’re active duty, your fitness is part of your job. Our gym here on base has classes that start as early as 5:15 a.m. and as late as 7:15 p.m. And you can make fitness a family affair. Do something active with your family and friends on the weekends or after work instead of settling into pizza and a movie.

All that said, I realize that despite what Nike says, it’s not that easy to “Just do it.” It genuinely has to be something you want to do. If you’ve tried to get in shape at any point in the last couple of years, whatever your reason, it IS something you wanted to do. So try again. And again. It’s not easy, but give it enough chances and I promise it will stick. See you at the gym!

Chief Master-at-Arms

Marty McQuagge

Naval Support Activity Bethesda

Senior Enlisted Leader