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Billings man celebrates 365 workout days in 2017

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A Billings man finished his 2017 New Year’s resolution on Sunday, working out for the 365th day.

To celebrate the streak, Leif Welhaven put in 365 minutes of training.

He took part in a hot yoga class at Black Orchid Hotyoga in Billings.

“It’s tough,” said Welhaven. “ That hot yoga gets nice and hot.  It warms your body up and you feel more flexible, works a lot of that core strength.  Plus it makes you do some things your body isn’t use to doing. So again, kind of helps mix it up.”

Welhaven started at 6 a.m. on Sunday with cardio work, lifting weights, a cycle class and more lifting.

“If you just keep doing the same thing over and over, you can get bored with it and then you could quit,” he said. “So try to do different things all the time.”

Welhaven played football, basketball and was a track athlete at West High School and wanted to get back into shape.

“Dec. 31 is when I started last year and decided I wanted to lose a hundred pounds,” Welhaven said. “And wanted to work out every day for 365 days. Those were my first two goals that I set for myself. “

More than 50 helped celebrate Welhaven’s 365th workout day at Black Orchid.

And then it was back to Granite Fitness for his final workout hour of 2017.

“(Saturday)  I felt a little bit overwhelmed, a little emotional,” he said. “I thought gosh, I actually, I actually did it. I’m nearing the end of it. Sad to see it end, but at the same time, it’s really the beginning. And now I’ve just got to keep that healthy lifestyle and hopefully live a fuller, longer, healthier life.”

And it's something that’s been good for his family.

“My family has been really great,” Welhaven said. “They’ve been really supportive.  We cook differently now. We make better buying choices at the grocery store, buying better food. That’s been a big part of it. Plus just changing our habits, our daily habits”

And he said, it’s more than fitness.

“I think it’s great for everybody,” Welhaven said. “ I think everybody around me can probably feel the positive energy and the confidence because it changes how you look at things.  I just had this great wonderful year, and I really attribute a lot of it to just making that decision. Being a healthier me.”

“So hopefully people will look at me and know that they can do it, because I’m nobody special. If I can do it, they can do it.

Welhaven says a couple days this year, he worked out for 30 minutes, but his typical workouts lasted at least an hour.

He said his goals this year include running a half marathon and running the Spartan Obstacle Race in Kalispell.

On New Year’s Day, Welhaven will make it 366 straight days of working out.

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