Fitness News — January 8, 2011 18:01 — 0 Comments
Fitness Together – St. Louis: Tips For Making Your New Year’s Resolutions STICK
Happy new Year!
As you probably know, at the start of every new
year Americans seeking a better quality of life
will make a healthier lifestyle and losing
weight among their top resolutions.
It’s almost a given. the holidays give you an
added guilt trip and all then it’s time for
a resolution. What perfect timing.
Since most people try to adopt a healthier
lifestyle and lose weight for the new year, AND
most people drop those resolutions somewhere
between February and June, I thought some tips
for making those resolutions STICK would be helpful.
Allocation: you cannot expect to make ANY change
with your health, fitness, or weight without
setting aside time. Joining a gym only gives you
access to a facility. It won’t help you lose
weight. Buying the newest bestselling diet book
only informs you about the diet. It doesn’t prevent you
from eating junk food.
You must block out time, and preferrablly set
appointments, to take the needed action. When
it comes to exercise, accountability is the
biggest secret. for diet, it’s preparation.
Priority: Everyone has priorities. Usually family
and work rank at the top. If you don’t make your
resolution a high priority, it will quickly fall to the
bottom of your list.
So what’s more important than your workout? I’m
not suggesting to miss your daughter’s piano recital.
But because it’s during your normal workout time, it
doesn’t mean you should skip it all together. you must
reschedule. Our clients that train in the morning are
always the most successful with their schedules.
Obviously not much can pop up at 6 o’clock in the
morning. well, other than more sleep. but who needs that.;-)
Measurement: there are no overnight success
stories when it comes to weight loss. no one just
loses 100 pounds. you lose 100 pounds 1 pound
at a time. Once you have your big picture, chunk
it down and measure often. At Fitness together we measure once a month. Seeing progress stimulates your motivational engine. As momentum builds, your
confidence grows, commitment gets stronger, and this
entire process gets easier.
On the flip side, if you are going in the wrong
direction you can quickly realize it and change
course. Measuring your progress will ensure your success.
Don’t rely on yourself: Let’s be honest, sometimes
you just have a sh@*#y day. Everyone has them.
It is on these days that a coach and motivator
help pick you up and keep you on track. Don’t go
it alone. There’s no sense in that. get a coach. (For
more info on our coaching programs click here)
Numbers: Don’t make 10 resolutions. you won’t
stick to ‘em. make 1 good one. Or if you’re
feeling really determined make 3. but don’t
overload yourself. You’ll overwhelm and burn out.
One successful resolution is better than 5
Commitment: I have a saying, “If you’re
interested, you’ll fail. If you’re committed,
you’ll succeed.” only you can decide if you really
want to be healthy, lose weight, and feel good
about yourself. Doing so for others, by pressure,
or any other false pretense will result in
failure. Commit. but ONLY because you want to.
Print this out and post it where you can see it daily
along with your written resolutions. You’re chances of
success will rise exponentially!
To your health and fitness in 2011,
P.S. If you’d like help getting fit and healthy, losing
weight, feeling good, and making 2011 your best year ever
then request a consultation here.