Every new year, many of us find ourselves in a familiar cycle: make a list and “commit” to a stack of resolutions… and then systematically break them before, say, Valentine’s Day. Setting goals or turning over a new leaf can be a very healthy exercise… so why do so many of us fail repeatedly to meet them? It’s not just a matter of willpower (though sometimes that’s the case). Often, we set goals that are either too ambitious or too vague for us to ever achieve them. Instead, here are 6 fitness New Year’s resolutions to make… that you’ll actually be able to keep.
January: NEW YEAR, NEW ME 🏃🏽🏋🏽♀️🍎🥑🥕🥒
— Gabe #DreamActNow Ortíz (@TUSK81) January 1, 2017
Find a workout you’ll actually enjoy
It’s no surprise that January sees a huge surge in visits to the gym. New Year’s resolutions drive folks to workout in droves to kick off their “new-year-new-you” fitness journey. Some find just the right mix of exercises and classes to stick around for a while… and hopefully for the long haul. But for others, putting in the time for a few weeks isn’t enough to create a lasting habit. Ultimately, just like with any other life interest: if you don’t enjoy the process, you’ll never get to enjoy the outcome. You may want a healthy and fit body, but if the workout is a drag, you won’t stick with it long enough for the payoff (no matter how much you long for that body). Find a workout you truly enjoy—and not just when it’s over. Group classes, personal training, fitness challenges—do what truly motivates you, and you’ll actually achieve your goals.
“Tomorrow” is the enemy of accomplishment, especially for those prone to procrastination. Just like you’d make an appointment for the doctor, the dentist, or that seasonal cut and color, make your gym visits and appointment. Fill your phone’s calendar, create your to-do lists, knock out the unpleasant stuff first, and ask a friend to help keep you accountable. Procrastination sabotages not only your fitness journey, but your work and personal life. So some victory in this area is a potential win for several areas of your life.
Startup idea: a gym named Resolution that runs for the 1st month of the year, collects subscription fee, then converts to a bar named Regret
— Siddharth Singh (@siddharth3) December 27, 2016
Try one new thing
On December 31, adding skydiving, bungee jumping, and trying fugu (pufferfish) to your New Year’s bucket list may sound like a great idea, but trying something new doesn’t have to be so exotic (or risky). If you’ve skipped the gym for a while, then just coming back to try a new class or training method is a great goal. If you’re a regular, but have been unsure about a class you’ve never tried, then check it out. You may find a new fave, or at least a great option for mixing up your routine periodically. Trying something new gives you the energy (and maybe the courage) to do it again… and again. And each gain is a fitness win.
Reduce screen time
Cooler months and holidays seem like permission to laze on the sofa and binge watch streaming shows and movies. But that doesn’t do anything for our health. Make a resolution to reduce your screen time—or use it more productively by taking your screen time to the gym and watch your favorite shows while using the cardio machines. Or read a book, listen to an audiobook or podcast, or subscribe to an online tutorial for an interesting new hobby—and consume the content while getting in a workout. Media can be a distraction to keep in check, but it can also be a companion to your fitness journey.
Skip the fad diet
Any claim that starts with “lost ___ pounds in ___ weeks without exercise” is, well, ridiculous. Some fad diets will work… in the short term. Crash diet, lose a few pounds (likely water), and feel good for a moment. But it’s not sustainable. It’s not a lifelong nutrition plan. And it can be a dangerous practice. Resolve, instead, to understand healthy lifelong fuel for the body, make changes over time, and learn to fuel your body in a way the keeps you healthy and energized, while also enjoying life (and the food you eat). Start cooking… or cooking again if the pace of life has driven you to fast food and dining out. Enjoy your food again, but food that also makes your body feel good and function at its best.
Forgot to make resolutions? Just write out everything you did last night and at the beginning add the word "stop."
— Pete Holmes (@peteholmes) January 1, 2014
Find your tribe
For many of us, lone-ranger fitness just doesn’t work… at least, not past the initial inspiration of a New Year’s resolution. Even individual fitness is a team sport: group fitness classmates and gym buddies make the workout more fun, but also give you the push to get in a workout when you would rather do practically anything else. Find your tribe, hold them close, and your resolution will resolve itself!
Bonus: be generous
New Year’s resolutions are often about our own needs (or what we lack). But this year, you can also transform someone else’s life while doing something great for your soul: be generous. Generosity is just as powerful for the person who gives as for the person who receives. And when you’re sharing something amazing that you’ve experienced, you get the joy of someone else getting to be a part of it too. If you’re a gym regular, achieving your results, enjoying the fitness community, and celebrating in others’ successes, then this New Year’s, give the gift of fitness and resolve to come alongside the recipient. Our Club 14 Fitness gift cards are good toward Juice Bar and Pro Shop purchases, or consider a membership gift to help someone achieve their own New Year’s fitness goals. Questions? Give us a call, reach out, or chat with us at the front desk.
All the best to you and yours in your New Year’s 2018 goals! Happy New Year!