Most people make at least one New Year’s resolution at the start of the year. For many Americans, weight loss and fitness are major resolutions. Sadly, most of these are not kept.
There’s something about setting a certain day where things will change, from decisions made to the lifestyle lived, that somehow sets us up to fail. We often plan our resolutions and new workout plans for weeks in advance, and the pressure and expectation on the day is often too much to handle. The realization of such a sudden, impending change may encourage us to keep putting it off for “one more day.” It’s easy to avoid fitness routines for years at a time by simply waiting for a tomorrow that is consistently deferred.
Vowing to work out at least four times a week for 30 minutes is good and reasonable. However, this goal may then turn on another attitude that otherwise was dormant that says, “Putting off a work out for one more week isn’t bad.” Or perhaps, “Skipping one week won’t throw fitness off course.”
A lack of personal support may also be a reason that a resolution fails. If you’ve tried many fitness programs in the past without consistently following them, people in your life may be doubtful or less than encouraging. Your excitement, when matched with the doubt and negativity of others, may cause enough upset to sabotage your efforts. Surround yourself with those who will support your efforts. Until you’re certain of this, avoid making a big announcement or public resolution out of it.
Starting a Fitness Routine
Resolutions about fitness plans often map out long-term goals. Seeing days, weeks and a full year’s worth of plans for working out may discourage someone on the first day of the plan. Fitness plans are always far more difficult at the start. When the body is out of shape, muscles are going to ache, and it’s going to be much harder than it is on a body that’s used to a good workout.
Rather than encouraging the struggling body on the first day of a fitness plan, the resolution ultimately then psyches someone out, sabotaging the very point of the resolution in the first place: to be encouraging and helpful to the aspiring fitness devotee.
Although there are many reasons why a resolution may hinder a workout, there are things that you can do get yourself on the right track. Those who are recovering from addiction adopt the phrase, “One day at a time.” That’s helpful for any monumental goal that you’re facing. Just as an addict faces a life without the thing that has taken over her life, someone aspiring to a fitness regimen faces giving up a sedentary lifestyle and dealing with the aches and pains (physical and psychological) that come with starting a new fitness or weight loss plan. Instead of setting yourself up for a fall, set yourself up for success by taking each day as it comes, while making a strong effort each day to stay true to your fitness and workout goals.