By now the confetti has been swept away, the bubbly is flat and the magic/ newness of New Year’s Eve has faded. We are almost through the month of January. We are back to work, back to the "real" world. How are your New Year's Resolutions? Are they starting to fade? Were they the same resolutions you made in 2015 or in previous years?
Two-thirds of adults in the United States make fitness resolutions. Shockingly, 73% of them give up on their resolutions. Why is the percentage so high? There are three reasons why fitness resolutions are given up on:
- It’s too difficult to implement or follow a plan.
- Life interferes causing them to fall off track making it harder to get back on track.
- Lack of time.
I find the difficulty to implement or follow a plan is when an individual sets unrealistic goals and follows a plan too advanced for them. They wind up going strong for the first week to week and a half, and then begin to fade because of extreme soreness, exhaustion, and losing sight of their goals. First, very few people can operate on the all-or-none principle; however, a slower integration will lead to a long term commitment. For example, Week 1- I will work out for 30 minutes a day at a minimum of 3 times per week.
Life- this is a big one. There will always be distractions. They will come in many forms- family, friends, job, vacations, and illness. So, how do you not let life knock you off track? Plan for the predictable events. If you know of a big project coming up at work, adjust your fitness routine. Vacations are self scheduled, pack resistance bands in your luggage (insert link). Resistance bands are light, fit into a suitcase and you can get a good workout on the go with them. Have a support network that is understanding and supporting of you in your goals.
Lack of time: if it is a priority and important to you, you will find the time, it’s just that simple. I will be the first to admit there are days where no matter how precisely I plan my activities, my day is booked solid. However, I then take a look at my day and see where I can build in a workout, even if it doesn’t look like one. For example, you could park a few spot further from the store or from the office, take the stairs instead of the elevator, pace during a conference call, or enjoy a five minute walk during lunch.