Keeping New Year’s Fitness Resolutions
Worried About Keeping New Year’s Fitness Resolutions?
Many people, just like you and me, are going to be making grandiose New Year’s resolutions. Many people will quit smoking, for at least a few hours, and many people will give up drinking, at least until January 2nd. at least until January 2nd. The biggest proclamation people make, however, is that they are going to get in better shape come the new year. As a longtime South Austin personal trainer and gym owner, I can unfortunately tell you that most all of those people will not succeed in keeping New Year’s Fitness resolutions.
Keeping New Year’s Fitness resolutions is not as easy as most people think. After all, there’s a great amount of work that must be done in order to achieve anything in the health and fitness realm. Luckily, in this blog, I will draw upon my many years of experience in the industry, and hopefully offer some good advice which will help you with keeping New Year’s Fitness resolutions.
The first thing you want to do when you make a New Year’s Fitness resolution, is be absolutely serious and realistic about your willingness and ability to follow through on it. Many people have drunkenly proclaimed that they will be the next Arnold Schwarzenegger come the new year, only to never venture to the gym once in the next 12 months. With that said, the first thing I would suggest as far as keeping New Years Fitness resolutions is to set an appropriate goal. It’s pointless to decide that you are going to lose 50 lb of fat, while simultaneously adding 50 lb of muscle by April. This is unrealistic for anybody. The better goal, however, would be to say that you are going to lose 10 lb in 10 weeks. That is much more realistic, and does not require a major overhaul of your lifestyle. It will suffice, however, in getting your ball rolling.
Another suggestion I have as far as keeping New Year’s resolutions, it’s a not just hire the first person who you think looks good in their underwear as your personal trainer. If you decide to go the route of hiring a personal trainer, having been one for over 20 years, I can assure you, that we are not all created equal. The stands to reason and is the same in any field. With that said, I would look for somebody who has a good charismatic personality, is intelligent, and experienced.
Another consideration as far as keeping your New Year’s Fitness resolutions is pre planning how you are going to go about doing this in terms of your schedule. Are you really going to wake up early and go for a run? Are you really willing to miss out on happy hour after work and go to the gym? If you don’t have an executable plan, it’s simply not going to work for you. One more thing to consider as far as your workouts go, is where are you going to be doing them? Are you going to go to a gym? If so, which one? Most of us have a multitude of Jim from which to choose from. There are many different kinds of gems available from rock climbing, two yoga studios, to weight lifting gyms such as mine, Etc. You will want to find one that is equipped for what your goals are, and also one that provides they comfortable and pleasing environment so that you will be encouraged to return as opposed to put off by the atmosphere or the clientele, and refuse to go.
Another thing I would tell you as far as keeping your New Year’s Fitness resolutions is to make a solid commitment to your start date. If it is January 1st, then when January 1st rolls around, you are getting off the sofa, whether you are hungover or not, and going to the gym. You are not expected to bench press 500 lbs, or run 25 miles, but you are expected to show up and put in a decent effort. If you are serious about keeping New Year’s fitness goals, you will have to put the work in. You can hire an expensive personal trainer, but they won’t do it for you. You can join a nice gym, you can even stand in that nice gym and listen to music in your earbuds, but that doesn’t put the muscle on or lose the weight. No matter what your goals, no matter your approach, it is ultimately you who must follow through on making your New Year’s fitness goals become a reality.
Andy is a top notch trainer for fitness novices to seasoned body builders. He has a breadth of knowledge matched only by very few in the fitness industry today.