Well it’s that time of year again. The time of the New Year’s resolution. And for those of us in the fitness industry to score on jokes about all new face that will be in the gym for a couple of weeks until people fail and lose steam and things get back to “normal”. It’s such a sick, predictable cycle that really isn’t that funny. It’s tragic. We are in the middle of an epidemic of obesity and disease and we need to focus on keeping people coming to gym, not waiting for them to quit. So with that in mind, here are some tips to help keep you going and moving forward on your journey to health and wellness:
- NEVER FORGET, IT’S A JOURNEY
Whether you want to believe it or not, your resolution is a journey, so think of it as such. In fact, it is the greatest journey you will most likely ever experience in your life. You will have highs and lows, but when you hold your hands in the air when you have reached a goal there is no better feeling. So stay focused.
2) BABY STEPS
There is something in our culture that tells us that we are capable of anything that we want and we can have it right now if we just do all the right things. And this is true, to an extent. However, if you are starting out on a new journey, it is very easy to get carried away and bite off more than you can chew. Take it one step at a time. Don’t commit to working out 5 days a week when you know in your heart of hearts it will be tough to get in more than twice. It feels much better to over shoot a goal than come up short. Be realistic and set yourself up for success. Choose no more than one or two things that you can do 90% of the time. Nail that one down and then add on.
3) YOU WILL FAIL, BE READY FOR IT
We all get so discouraged when we come up short. Like it’s some big surprise and we are the only losers to fail at something. But at some point we all will miss the mark. It’s how you respond that will determine your success. If you get disheartened and negative when you slip and give up on yourself you will never succeed. It’s natural to be disappointed, upset or even angry when things don’t go according to plan, but suck it up, this is life. Pick yourself back up, show yourself some compassion and forgiveness and start again. Remember, it’s a journey.
4) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH LIKE MINDED PEOPLE
If you are trying to quit drinking but all of your friend’s hangout at the bar, you better find new friends. If you are working to lose weight, get more fit and be healthier but you are the only around you who is committed to making that happen, guess what, you will fail. (I wish you all the best and if you succeed in this situation, I’m over the moon excited for you, but you aren’t setting yourself up for success). Now I’m not saying you have to ditch all of your friends, but what I am saying is make sure the people you spend your time with know what you are trying to accomplish and are willing to support you. But also, have a look around at the gym you go to. Statistically 80% of the people there are in the same shoes as you and might be looking for the same support.
5) HAVE A PLAN
It is so easy to flounder and feel totally lost when you are trying to reach a new goal but aren’t sure what to do to reach it. There are many options out there to help you find success. (Shameless plug 😉 The MY Body Transformation Experience is one of those options. Through the MBTE you will be provided with Professional help, Accountability and Community to reach any weight loss goal that you have. You will be working side by side with others that are working towards similar goals through an Experience that includes; professionally designed and lead group fitness classes, a consultation with a registered dietician, 21-days of meal plans for your specific calorie needs, group and one on one support meetings with professionals in the field of health and change, food journaling and feedback and regular check-ins to see how you are progressing and what, if any, changes need to be made. In short, you will be provided with a plan. A no gimmicks, no fad, proven and sustainable plan that will teach you how to maintain a healthy and fit body for the rest of your life!
There are so many people out there that try every year to reach that one goal and fail. The fitness industry is getting rich off of these people. What if this year is the year that you succeed? What if this the year that you end the cycle? It isn’t as hard as it seems and you don’t have to do it alone. With all of the people striving toward the same goal, there is no reason for any of us to come up short. Visit www.kingcobrafit.ca for details on all of the services that we provide to help you set, plan for and reach this year’s resolution.
Best of luck and Happy New Year. Enjoy the journey, be realistic, stay vigilant, keep your circle tight and find a plan. You can do it!
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