Kristina Lefever works on core-strengthening exercises on Wednesday at Defined Fitness in Farmington.
Kristina Lefever works on core-strengthening exercises on Wednesday at Defined Fitness in Farmington. (Jon Austria/The Daily Times)

FARMINGTON — Each year, weight loss and exercise are popular New Year's resolutions, but meeting that goal throughout the year can be challenging.

But advice from those who regularly exercise could provide insight.

David Montoya was among those exercising on New Year's Day at Defined Fitness in Farmington.

"I do it because it keeps me in shape, it keeps me healthy," Montoya said after working out on a glider exercise machine.

While making exercise a New Year's resolution is fine, Montoya said he notices that people become frustrated when quick weight loss is not achieved.

His advice is to think about the reasons why weight loss and fitness are goals.

"I tell them that your main thing is you are in here for yourself and no one else. When you make something, whether it's a New Year's resolution or promise, you have to stick to it. You have to do it for you," Montoya said.

Throughout the years and training for triathlons, Montoya has learned that change is important to the workout routine. He suggests that when it is warm outside, people should use that opportunity.

"Get outside, go for a walk or hop on a bike. It's not always about the gym," he said.

Tommy Reed weighed 270 pounds when he started exercising at Defined Fitness four years ago.

Reed joined because he wanted to change his lifestyle and be healthy enough to keep up with his three children.

"Staying consistent with fitness it's a lot of your own mentality, how you take discipline and how you take direction," he said.

If the individual wants to be a better person, they will work to achieve that goal, he added.

Reed said that when he started exercising, he jogged on one of the treadmills in the corner of the fitness center. But, as time passed, he moved onto other equipment after being encouraged by others.

Those encouraging words helped, he said.

Chelsea Chavez and Seth Boswell work out on Wednesday at Defined Fitness in Farmington.
Chelsea Chavez and Seth Boswell work out on Wednesday at Defined Fitness in Farmington. (Jon Austria/The Daily Times)

Stephanie Bowman also spent the first day of 2014 at the fitness center. She views exercise as a stress reliever.

"Just do it. Don't think about it, don't over think it," she said.

As of Wednesday afternoon, only one person had signed up for a new membership at Defined Fitness, said shift supervisor Ryan Milam.

Based on previous years, new membership numbers usually increase Jan. 2, Milam said.

Defined Fitness started 400 new memberships last January, he said. But, Milam said, the number of people signing up for new memberships declines throughout the year.

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636 and nsmith@daily-times.com. Follow her @nsmithdt on Twitter.