It’s a brand new year, which means the resolutions have been made and people are out in abundance to make this year their best year ever.
Diets have been started, gyms have been joined, pacts have been sworn to. And while I’m hoping that most of you will have success, some of you will fail. Why? Because plans aren’t being made.
I never make resolutions for the New Year when it comes to fitness and health. I may make other resolutions, such as reading more, watching less television, spending more time with friends, etc. Those are the resolutions that are easy to keep. Because they’re easy. Changing your health and lifestyle doesn’t come easy for many. It didn’t come easy for me at first. Mostly because I wasn’t being honest with why I wanted to “change my life”. (In complete honesty, I didn’t want to change my life, I just wanted to stop being fat.) It wasn’t until I made the commitment to change my life and improve my health – for me (and not for the New Year) – that things started shifting for me. I made a plan and I stuck with it. Why? Because my lifestyle was becoming detrimental to my health. I wasn’t exercising and I was eating crap and I have a heart condition to worry about. I didn’t want to die from a heart attack before I turned 30. That’s when I made the commitment to and for myself.
I wholeheartedly want you to succeed in your resolution. But, instead of calling it a New Year’s Resolution, why not calling it a Lifestyle Change or a 2018 Commitment? And instead of making a resolution, why not sit down and plan out how you will improve your health this year? What will you do? Make a list:
Will you commit to: Working out 3 days a week?; Creating a grocery list to include only the good stuff? Plan your meals in advance? Trying and sticking with a fitness class for a full session? Eating clean? Quitting smoking/drinking/binge watching tv?
Think about what you want to accomplish. Do you want to: Improve your overall health? Sleep better? Eat more veggies? Lose weight? Get stronger? Run your first 5/10K? Have mental clarity?
Once you know what and why you want to accomplish, and you commit to your new life changes, your rate for success goes up.
And for all of you who are old pros at this, be sure to support those around you. Encourage those in your circle to continue to eat better, exercise, sleep more, log out. Welcome the newbies to your lifestyle.
And don’t be a dick in the gym! We were all the newbie at one point. For some, stepping into a fitness room for the first time is intimidating enough. Be friendly! A smile goes a long way!
Cheers and good luck!