Happy New Year, Everyone! I hope you all had an awesome holiday season.
It is that time of year again, new possibilities, new aspirations, new whatever your heart desires.It was interesting this week because I didn’t see a large influx of people at the gym. Since, this will be the first full week back of the new year, tomorrow might be the big day! With that being said, as far as your health and fitness, let’s start out on the right foot and make sure that you set yourself up for success. Here are just a few quick tips to help you set up for your fitness COMMITMENT, not resolution!
- Ditch the word, “Resolution” and make a “Commitment”. The word resolution comes with a negative connotation behind it. We all just know that a resolution is something you do for about two weeks maybe the month of January if you’re determined. When you say you are going to commit to something, it holds more weight and value.
- Don’t start with a vengeance! It is wonderful you have a hunger to do your best and want to be determined, however, sometimes this can be the best way to set yourself up for failure. Don’t decide that you are going to go to the gym, fitness class, everyday, all day, No Day’s off because you have GOALS!… simmer down there love bugs. The suggestion I make to a lot of my clients or students that are just starting out on their fitness journey, is to go every other day. Especially, if you have not worked out in a while or never have before. Don’t go six days in a row thinking this is showing you’re serious. Because, the first day you miss you will feel like a failure, then say, “well there isn’t a point”. This is one of the major ways people fall off, so SET YOURSELF UP FOR SUCCESS! If you start slowly you will be proud of yourself if you add an extra day after a few weeks, than when you don’t make it one day after 2 weeks. For example: It is better to start Monday/Wednesday/Friday than go six days straight.
- Write it down! There is something about putting pen to pepper and writing down your plan of action that will make you more accountable to do it. I use my gym gypsy planner to plan out my workouts and that simple act just holds me accountable to myself. To be honest, at least for me, I feel a little bad when I don’t do what I wrote down in my planner.
These are just a few ideas for you to have a better outlook on your New Year fitness COMMITMENTS. Remember you want this to be a life long journey, not a a-quarter mile sprint. Pace yourself, be kind to yourself, believe in yourself, and don’t be afraid to ask for help! There are so many amazing tools that can be utilized to help you in the fitness and nutrition area of your life. Just be mindful that there is a lot of garbage out there too! Get your info from credible sources, referrals and do your own research! Most importantly find what works for you.
Happy New Year Commitments!