It is that time of year again. Time to drum up a New Year's resolution and set some goals right!?
I doubt it would be surprising to hear that the month of January tends to be the busiest month of the year for us in the fitness industry. Certainly my perspective is biased, but most of the resolutions that I hear through the grapevine involve toning up and losing some weight; which is great. We love to hear that people want to be healthier and make exercise a priority. Thats what we are here for. Unfortunately, while January brings in the most new clients, and is met with an abundance of motivation from current members, it is my opinion that January is the worst month of the year. It all stems from those damn resolutions.
Allow me to put an entirely different spin on New Year’s resolutions:
Most coaches in the fitness industry will encourage you to set a goal. For example, to lose some weight. Then they walk you through a template to set you up for success. A common one is called SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant/Realistic, and Timely). In theory, this is a good idea because the general goal to lose some weight then becomes a goal to lose twelve pounds before your wedding day so you can look like a million bucks.
It all gets planned out, gym schedule is down, meal plan is in place, workout partner is recruited, and the grind begins. One week into it and BOOM, you find yourself down six pounds and things are going great. But then, your gym partner gets a cold and doesn’t want to workout. You start prepping for taxes rather than meals, things at work get hectic and gym time takes a back seat, you then decide that the “positive affirmation” exercises that your trainer has you doing in front of the mirror every morning are lame and generally ineffective. The scale hasn’t budged, and you losing motivation. By the end of the month, you’ll likely have failed. I say this, not to be a Debbie Downer, but to be a realist. The good news is that by January 31st, at least 90% of America’s New Year’s resolutions have totally faded away too! You are not alone.
But how do you avoid this pitfall, and actually succeed in changing whatever it is about yourself that you aren’t happy with?
Step 1: Don’t set a New Year’s Resolution. Statistically, I'm going to guess you are ten times more likely to stick to a fitness related goal if you wait until February 1st. Of course, that is a completely fabricated number, but its probably not far from reality.
In my opinion, that’s all there is too it. Waiting until January 1st to start changing something about yourself implies that it isn’t really all that important to you to begin with; otherwise you would already have been in pursuit of whatever you’re after.
With that said, there is one fitness related New Year’s resolution that has grown on me: To simply be more consistent. Just get your butt in the damn gym! Don’t worry about anything else. Those other things will come out of the woodwork when the time is right for YOU.