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Simplicity helps to achieve your 2014 fitness goals

(NC) This year, plan an exercise routine that is exactly right for you.

Many of us use the New Year as the starting point on our journey to a healthier and more active lifestyle. However, this new found commitment can result in disappointment, if not equipped with the right approach.

For over 34 years, David Patchell-Evans, the founder and CEO of GoodLife Fitness – or Patch as he prefers to be called – has helped millions of Canadians achieve their health and fitness goals.

“The majority of us who are not achieving the recommended amount of exercise, see people in magazines or on television doing aggressive, high intensity workouts and it intimidates them,” says Patch. “The reality is that simple moderate exercise 2-3 times a week is all you need for a healthier, happier life.”

When asked what tips for success he'd give those looking to live healthier in 2014, Patch provided the following three tips with an overarching theme: Keep it simple.

Set one goal at a time and make a plan to achieve it. By being focused, you'll discover that the benefits of exercise reach far beyond your initial goal. When you succeed, take time to celebrate and then set another goal!

Walk before you run literally and figuratively. Starting with a proper foundation is so important. Trying new exercises when your joints and muscles have weaknesses or imbalances can cause injury and stop you from getting into a regular routine.

Make sure to have fun. Go for a walk with friends, hop on the treadmill, or attend a group exercise class , whatever makes you smile and brings you enjoyment is going to help you stick with it.

Additional ideas on setting and achieving your fitness goals can be found online at

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