Well here we are again… it’s a New Year! Making a New Year’s resolution to lose weight, get in shape, or a joint effort to do both simultaneously is an American rite of passage. It’s right up there with Fourth of July cookouts and turkey at Thanksgiving. So, we basically enjoy an entire year of celebrations centered around food and then repent for our sins come January. So, why are fitness resolutions so easy to make but so easy to break?
For the most part, it’s pretty easy to start. You lace up your tennis shoes, head outside for a walk or to the gym where you’ll complete your obligatory workout. You’ll feel great too! You’ll feel a sense of accomplishment, a little motivation and can see yourself on track to a healthier you within months. But maybe next week you have a friend in town, a late business meeting or a sick child. Just one little hitch in your schedule can possibly derail your progress. Consistency is what will keep you on target and get you back on track with your fitness routine.
As long as you really want to achieve your goal, motivation should be a no-brainer. We’re all going to have days we don't want to exercise or feel like eating healthy. So, acknowledge that you have a choice – to exercise or not exercise. To eat healthy or to eat a burger and fries. The choice you make will determine whether you’re on the path to progress or a setback.
Dream Big, Start Small
DO NOT start with an extreme change for exercise or diet! This is the quickest way to fail. Too much, too soon is often the downfall of so many people who set out on the path to a healthier life. Instead, start with something manageable. Maybe that’s 20 minutes of walking a few days a week. And if you decide to add in some weights, do so gradually and seek the advice of a professional when beginning a new program. I’d also recommend you find an accountability partner. No, not necessarily a workout partner, but someone who’s going to push you and keep you motivated.
Plans are always going to change, so have a backup plan for when things go awry. Line up your neighbor or friend to babysit the kids so you can make it to the gym. Keep some healthy meals frozen and ready to go when you can’t make it to the store or don't have time to meal prep. The key is to plan ahead for WHEN plans change, not IF they do. Just figure out what could likely disrupt your plans, and get ahead of the challenges.
Healthy New Year!