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Setting goals and cutting stress are key to keeping fitness resolutions

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Stress could be the reason many people fail at keeping new year's resolutions.  Proformance fitness expert Carlos Rivas will share the top strategies to help you accomplish your goals.

Many of us start the New Year with resolutions that are doomed to fail if you do not deal with your stress. Research shows that stress negatively impacts our ability to lose weight, quit smoking and stick with a new healthy lifestyle change.

To help deal with stress, Proformance 360, their worksite wellness company, is offering a complimentary workshop based on meditation and yoga!

Stress Management Workshop

When: Saturday, January 18 at 11 a.m.

Where: Wellness 360, Studio

Location: 241 Sears Ave, Louisville, KY 40207

RSVP: 502.384.3601

Use the S.M.A.R.T. principles to set your goals

- Be Specific: goals need to be clearly stated. For example, taking 8,000 steps per day, losing 1 pound of fat per week, drinking 64 oz of water per day, adding strength training exercise 2 x per week, etc.

-Measurable: you need to know if you have accomplished your goal. Did you take 8,000 steps per day or did you do 2 days of strength training per week?

-Action based: goals need to be focused on what you will do every day instead of the actual outcome.

-Realistic: starting out gradually and building a program that meets your specific needs is very important. For example, if you do not remember the last time you ran and you go out and run 3 miles, you will sabotage your progress.

-Time anchored: you will need to set daily goals which will lead to your weekly goals which lead to your monthly goals which lead to your yearly goals.

About Carlos Rivas

Carlos Rivas, MS, CSCS is the Director of Fitness and Wellness Operations @ Proformance Fitness and FitCorp. He holds bachelor's degrees in Exercise Science and Sports Medicine and a Masters degree in Exercise Physiology.

Carlos is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, National Strength and Conditioning Certified Personal Trainer, American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer, fitness editor for Kentuckiana Health and Fitness Magazine, strength and conditioning instructor for the University of Louisville Exercise Science Program, Fitness Consultant to Ms. America Program, and has more than 20,000 hours of personal training experience.

Carlos can be reached by e-mail:  or 502.741.9428 For more information regarding highly individualized personal training and wellness programs visit our website at  


2041 River Road

Louisville, KY 40206

(502) 895-3472

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