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Set Reachable Fitness Goals, Westport Cycling Expert Says

Rhodie Lorenz, co-owner and creative director at JoyRide Cycling Studio.
Rhodie Lorenz, co-owner and creative director at JoyRide Cycling Studio. Photo Credit: Julianne Mulvey

WESTPORT, Conn -- Every New Year inspires a wave of self-improvement promises, which for many means reassessing their fitness goals. Here are some tips from Westport resident Rhodie Lorenz, co-owner and creative director at JoyRide Cycling Studio , with locations in Westport, Darien and Ridgefield., on how to truly stick to them.

Set one goal at a time: I usually have a hard time narrowing down my lengthy list of goals but am self-aware enough to know that concentrating on one at a time is much more doable.

Be realistic: Saying you want to work out six days a week seems lofty if you currently work out only six times a month. Instead, set a short-term goal of adding one more workout a week to your schedule.

Commit publicly: Announce your goal(s) to your friends and family. Sharing your resolutions makes you accountable and helps keep you motivated to stay the course. No one likes to quit in front of an audience.

Seek support: No one ascends alone. Friends and family are usually our network of fans who believe in us, even when we start doubting ourselves.

Buddy up: Talk to friends and see if they have similar fitness goals, then make a plan together. Knowing you’re meeting someone at a cycling class or for a run is the best motivation and keeps you accountable.

"Put forth the effort, add in a positive outlook, and you will feel stronger and healthier to confidently reach your goals," Lorenz said. "Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."

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