Why you should NOT make a New Year’s resolution for fitness!

How many times have you said “My resolution for this year is to lose weight?” Or “eat better” Or any one of the many ways you could frame taking better care of your fitness or health?

 

And how many people KEEP that? The fitness and diet industry knows that millions of people make that resolution- it’s the biggest season of the financial year for us!

 

But then what happens? January people are gung ho and join a gym, buy the running shoes, set the clock earlier to get the workout in and start making healthier food choices.

 

This usually lasts 2-4 weeks. Once February rolls around and after you’ve missed a few workouts, had an extra dessert a few nights and partied it up at the Super bowl party– a lot of people throw in the towel.

 

They expect to see results fast. They make BIG changes quickly and find it hard to keep them up after a few weeks.

 

The habit is to say you want to lose weight or get healthy. Most people think that means they will put 15% effort into it daily and the rest of their life doesn’t need to shift.

 

Changing your body means changing your life. You eat 2-6 times a day. Every day you get up and everyday you go to sleep. The defining factor in changing your body and health for good is what you believe and therefore how you act- all the time.

 

What do you tell yourself before you eat? What do you tell yourself about working out?Do you justify putting everyone else and your work before you? If you think adding exercise and “trying” to be more conscious of food is going to work in the long run, you have probably been making a new year’s resolution about this for many years-unsuccessfully.

 

So what do you do?

 

1. If you are not ready to change your life, one step at a time, then I would reframe your resolution. You set yourself up to fail by setting such a big goal without being willing to make the necessary shifts to support it.

2. Change one thing at a time and do not expect miraculous results quickly.

3. And get some help. I’d suggest a fitness/life coach over a trainer or a trainer that coaches so you can start to analyze what it is you believe and what limiting beliefs you have that keep you where you are. If you have made this resolution for more than 3 years and you are still not at your goal, it’s time to get some help.

 

 

We offer fitness/life coaching. We believe that is the way to achieve lasting results.Having a trainer is nice. Most people work hard with someone there. But the pitfall is how you behave when they aren’t there. We want to make you accountable to yourself first (as well as us) and set you up with the tools to support you forever.

 

 

Written by J.J. Flizanes, Director of Invisible Fitness. 800 571 5722, www.invisiblefitness.com

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