Happy New Year 2012
It’s that time of the year where many of us get through the holidays, the all out potential food-fest from Thanksgiving to the New Year, and decide that “this year it will be different”. The health clubs will see a spike in attendance and new registrations. For those of us committed to long-term exercise we’ll be challenged by newbies using the equipment and locking up the treadmills. I say CELEBRATE the fact that people make those choices in the New Year and start up with a new plan for health and fitness. It’s a great START! But it’s a start. How many times have you, or someone you know, started a new exercise plan and had it fall apart in weeks, if not sooner?
Your relationship with exercise and fitness is similar to your relationship with your spouse. All those great intents to have things be different in a relationship depend on declaration, commitment and follow-through. Whether it’s giving gifts to your honey every so often to have them know you care, whether it’s giving them personal space to get things done, it’s the follow-through and long-term nature of the actions that really make a difference. Otherwise it’s just a spike…and things settle back to what they were. There are other parallels….both require both mental and physical adjustment….sometimes “doing” whether you want to or not (do the dishes, run five miles) requires mental power. I can tell you, for sure, that there aren’t many mornings in the winter when it’s cold and still dark that I really, really, really want to get on a trail and run a few miles. But once I start, once the lungs warm up, once I’m 3 miles away from my car, I am glad that I have pushed myself to run. There are very few times I regret starting a run, a ride, a race…it only happens when I’m sick.
So, if you are focused on a fitness-based New Year’s Resolution in 2012 some advice…
1) Be gentle when you start out …if you get hurt it might be over for another year.
2) More exercise doesn’t necessarily mean more fuel required. So, if you want to lose weight consider your diet of course!
3) Get a training partner or join a club. There are lots of running clubs, cycling groups, swim gatherings etc. Find ‘em. Don’t be embarrassed…they are lots of fun and being around like-minded people is a good support system generally.
4) Set a target..whether it’s a certain amount of weight, a race you want to do, a challenge you want to beat. And when you get there celebrate it! Make sure it’s a manageable and achievable challenge though. Lose 100 pounds in 3 months is unlikely unless you are on the Biggest Loser!!
There are some useful articles online already about the challenges of sticking with it. Worth a read. Happy New Year!! And here’s to sticking with it…
Make Your New Year Fitness Plan Stick
Maintaining your New Years Resolutions for Fitness and Exercise
Can you really stick to your fitness resolutions?