As the holidays approach, so do opportunities to overindulge and get sidetracked from a diet plan or exercise regimen, so commit to your 2017 Fitness Resolutions! Commit to a Reasonable Time Frame… As a personal trainer for ten years, I’ve seen people flood into gyms after every New Year, eager to burn off the extra pounds gained during the holidays. Most gym-goers have seen this surge of people in early January and it becomes a topic of conversation, “How long do you think they’ll last this year?” But why wait for the New Year?
The truth is that as a society, we’ve become so used to instant gratification we become quickly discouraged when things don’t go our way within a relatively short amount of time. Speaking from my personal experience in fitness and my collegiate soccer program, becoming healthy and establishing a regular gym routine is not something done overnight. The point here is this; patience and hard work are required to see results. This can be a cold hard truth to some people, but when starting a workout program with my own clients and assessing their stated goals, I have to be realistic and tell them exactly what is expected if they want to see those goals achieved. Don’t make procrastination a self-indulgence, get an early start on your Resolutions and increase your odds for success.
One of the first things I usually say is to give it time, and I’m not talking about just two weeks and giving it up. I’m talking about starting with a solid 12 weeks of consistent exercise at a proper intensity, and then I could guarantee that regardless of your current state of fitness, you would see significant progress within the first three months. Being that most people aren’t willing to commit to anything for longer than a couple of weeks, the best intentioned New Year’s Resolutions quickly go by the wayside – only about 8% will actually achieve their 2017 goals. Whether or not you’ve been guilty of this in the past, anytime you want to set a goal for yourself give it a reasonable amount of time to work; otherwise you’ll never know your true capabilities.
I’ve seen some really amazing transformations – people who didn’t think they could ever develop and look the way they do now. Do your body a favor this Holiday Season, if you’re thinking about pursuing a more healthy lifestyle commit to whatever you’re going to do for a specified amount of time. In fact, commit and start right now. You’ll already be rolling by New Year’s Eve and on your way to achieving your goals. Making yourself accountable to a friend or spouse for this time commitment also helps the process, so take that leap this year and commit to becoming a healthier version of yourself. I personally promise that if you stick to a program, you’ll get so much satisfaction out of it you’ll wonder what took you so long. This year, make a concerted effort to be one of those people that sticks around after the ‘New Year’s Resolutioners’ have already given up and gone home – you’ll be happy you did. For questions about your personal fitness plan or guidance on fulfilling your 2017 New Year’s Fitness Resolutions, call me at The Fitness Clinic – (815) 994-1026.