Now that the New Year is underway, now comes the hard part: Sticking to those resolutions to lose weight, eat right and get in the habit of working out at the gym.

To help achieve those self-improvement goals, Press readers voted Fitness Incentive the Best Gym on Long Island in the 2017 Best of Long Island contest and Rachel Ezelius of Eat Smart at Fitness Incentive the Best Nutritionist/Dietician on Long Island in that competition. In addition, Workout Anywhere won Best Personal Trainer on Long Island, Phil Sottile was named Best Life Coach on Long Island and The Weight Loss Intervention Center of Long Island took the title of Best Weight Loss Center on Long Island.

Long Islanders have consistently ranked Fitness Incentive among the top on this list throughout the years, and for many great reasons! When a friend asks if you “belong to a gym” the response is typically lacking any gusto or exuberant testimony about the place where you spend hours each week toning your body. Fitness Incentive is different. Members truly love devoting their valuable time, and look forward to their workouts.

They appreciate its evolution since opening in 1984, such as its constantly updated inventory of modern exercise and weightlifting machines and equipment, fitness classes, and diet and nutrition instruction. Fitness Incentive is not only a gym, but a sanctuary for members who trade tips and experience together.

Speaking of the nutritionist at Fitness Incentive, Rachel Ezelius is not only the founder of Eat Smart, she’s also a registered dietitian with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and certified by New York State. Eat Smart provides individualized nutritional services with a core focus: sensible eating. This extraordinary program is available to both adults and children. Ezelius’ East Smart also offers counseling sessions for a range of diet-related issues.

After all, a person can get exhausted — and plenty hungry — just by researching trendy diets, nutrition advice and new workout regiments to help with weight loss. It seems the Internet is inundated with “expert” advice. When it comes to their health, Long Islanders trust Rachel Ezelius, and have voted her the Best Nutritionist/Dietician on Long Island, year after year!

But when it comes to exercise, we could all use a little help. Thanks to Workout Anywhere, working out doesn’t seem so difficult anymore. Workout Anywhere helps you set important goals and incrementally takes you through the process of reaching those lofty expectations at a pace that works for you. Everyone has it in them to live healthier and happier lives, and Workout Anywhere can literally bring the workout to you, anywhere. For these reasons and so many more, it’s no wonder why Long Islanders voted Workout Anywhere the Best Personal Trainer on Long Island!

For some people, a gentle nudge from a caring person can help them immensely in reaching that next stage in life. For others, that nudge comes in the form of a sympathetic ear, a supporting smile, or some encouraging advice. When Long Islanders need someone some direction, that warm smile, or helpful suggestions, they turn to Phil Sottile, of Intelligent Fitness.

It’s no wonder why Long Islanders vote him the Best Life Coach on Long Island! Sottile may be well known for his fitness instruction and personal training, but to his clients, he’s much, much more than that. He’s a motivator, a role model, and an inspiration!

As for those who need a little more help losing some pounds, there’s Butch and Rich Purslow at The Weight Loss Intervention Center of Long Island, who continue to surprise Long Islanders with their hard work, dedication, and most importantly, weight loss expertise. The center has adopted a strategy that has proven incredibly effective for years — one that focuses on maintaining goal weight as clients seek to live healthier and more energetic lives. This extraordinary philosophy is just one of the many reasons why Long Islanders voted The Weight Loss Intervention Center the Best Weight Loss Center on Long Island, for the second consecutive year!

For more top local experts to help you keep your resolutions, see the Best of Long Island winners in the health & wellness category!

To find all the other Best of Long Island contest winners, visit bestoflongisland.com Nominate your favorite businesses and people in the 2019 Best of Long Island program starting Jan. 1.

Fitness Incentive is located at 157 Deer Park Ave. in Babylon. They can be reached at 631-587-5766 or fitnessincentive.com

Workout Anywhere is located at 6 Polo Ct. in Woodbury. They can be reached at 516-456-4438 or workoutanywhereny.com

Phil Sottile is located at 3012A Jericho Tpke. in East Northport. He can be reached at 631-858-2900 or intelligentfitness.net

The Weight Loss Intervention Center of Long Island is located at 4277 Hempstead Tpke., Ste. 209 in Bethpage. They can be reached at 516-731-3583 or wliclongisland.com

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