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Posted Jan 06 2011 2:01pm

(PHOENIXVILLE, PA January 6, 2011) – January marks not only the beginning of a New Year, but also of a new slate of resolutions to end bad habits and start positive changes in our lives. 

Not surprisingly, among the top 10 resolutions Americans make each year, according to the government's official web portal,, are to get fit and lose weight. 

This year is no different. "Millions of people will once again make a commitment to exercise and eat better in an effort to shed the excess pounds and get healthy," says Jen Brango, owner of Great Valley Adventure Boot Camp. "But while these intentions are certainly good, question is: will people stick to them?" 

Brango cites various surveys indicating that the vast majority of people will end up breaking their resolutions sooner or later. "In fact, around three-quarters of us probably won't make it to three months," she notes. 

Why are the resolutions so difficult to keep and – even more importantly – how do we make sure we stay on course? 

Brango believes the key to success is to set the goals that are realistic. "If we set the bar too high, it will be more difficult to stick to them," she says. "In other words, if you try to accomplish something particularly demanding, you are setting yourself up for failure. Remember: a resolution must not be seen as an unpleasant duty or an obligation. It should be seen as something positive that will improve our health and life in general." 

To get and stay fit, Brango advises choosing an exercise routine that will keep us interested and focused in a long run. 

"If you do a workout that you don't enjoy, just for the sake of saying you're exercising, you will probably not do it regularly or for very long," she points out. "You will lose interest, throw in the towel, and there goes your resolution out the window. So find an exercise regimen you will absolutely love and keep at it." 

As far as losing weight is concerned, Brango has these pointers: 

  • "Remember the number 1 rule of dieting: burn more calories than you eat."
  • "Avoid flash-in-the-pan fad diets – they don't work and they are not healthy."
  • "Stay away from foods that contain high amounts of saturated fat, sugar and salt, and go for whole grains, low-fat protein and dairy, fruits, and vegetables. And remember to practice portion control."
  • "Weight loss should go hand-in-hand with regular exercise. Anything that gets you moving at a brisk pace will be effective. As an example, fitness programs such as boot camps are a great way to burn lots of calories because they include fat-busting workouts like cardio, resistance, and interval training." 


About Great Valley Adventure Boot Camp:

Brango, a certified personal trainer and NESTA boot camp coach with 8 years of experience, launched Great Valley Adventure Boot Camp in Oct. 2007 at West Goshen Community Park and added the Phoenixville and Chester Springs locations over the next two years. Schedules and client testimonials are available at . Committed to helping several local charities, Brango and her Great Valley Adventure Boot Camp have held several boot camps in exchange for charitable donations to the Kevin Mengel Children's Trust Fund, Susan G. Komen 3 Day and the Good Samaritan's Men's shelter. Future charity drives include donating a portion of the proceeds from her new training studio in Phoenixville throughout the winter. For more info on future charity drives or her other programs, Brango can be reached at or 484-202-0010.


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About Jen Brango, CPT, Fitness Expert:

Brango, an AAAI/ISMA certified personal trainer and NESTA boot camp coach with 8 years of experience in the fitness industry, can be reached at or 484-202-0010 and is available for media interviews on a wide range of topics related to health, wellness and fitness.

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