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Make a life-long commitment to fitness

As part of our focus this week on self-improvement, titled "New Year, New You," we are showcasing local experts' advice about being faithful to your goals in 2014


(Image is Clickable Link) by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Doreen Moschetti ReserOccasionally people ask me how I have managed to stay consistent with my workout goals all these years. It's been simple for me: I joined my first gym 38 years ago when I was just 16, and I was hooked right away.

My family moved around a lot when I was growing up. Going to the gym, no matter where I was living at the time, provided me with the feeling of belonging to that fitness community. I certainly didn't realize at the time how important that connection would be or that it would last a lifetime, but it has, and it's just as important to me now as it was when I was a teenager.

I look around in my classes now and see people working out with me for the first time standing next to people I've been working out with for the past 20-plus years, and I truly believe it's never too late to make that connection, so here's my advice to you: Find something you enjoy doing, surround yourself with people who make you feel good, know that every workout isn't going to be pretty and keep your sense of humor.

,Do this most days of the week and before you know it, 30 years will just fly by. That's how it's worked for me. I think it can work for you, too.

Love to all of you.

Doreen Moschetti Reser is the owner of The Fitness Center in Scappoose