Another year has ended and a lot of us are looking back at successful or failed attempts of more activity, healthier lifestyles or changes in physique. And while the trend of New Year’s resolutions has become somewhat more imminent with the introduction of modern social media, it has yet to slow down or falter as a typical topic once the year draws to an end. So here are a few thoughts on how to do better this time, how to change thinking patterns or what we found to be the most important key points.
A New Year’s Resolution as such is worthless
Don’t get me wrong. The mere thought of wanting to change something about your appearance, fitness levels, body fat percentages, etc. is the first step. The part that sets you up for failure is choosing the first of a New Year as the starting point without giving it much more thought. Achieving any of the goals above requires a certain amount of planning, education on the subject, willpower and general structure. The typical New Year’s resolution is a neat thought but without some expertise, it remains just that. So in order not to join the masses that rush into a commercial gym for 6 weeks or so just to never be seen again for the remaining 46 weeks of the year, make an attack plan, actually set your mind to it and read up on the topic. (Our body transformation guide is actually a good place to start!)
States of balance
Getting from point A to point B in terms of fitness goals is the hardest part of the journey. And depending on how serious you are with achieving the changes you and/or your trainer have set for you, this may go as far as abstaining from alcohol, sweets and all the lovely stuff that were there in abundance just before the New Year starts. And while going from 100 to 0 in terms of the former is hard to start with, the self-imposed outlook of NEVER having them again in order to look a certain way doesn’t exactly help. The psychological pressure of that idea is sometimes enough to make people abandon their fitness goals after just a couple of weeks.
In truth, the body is always in a state of balance and the actual shift in balance is not necessarily that huge. After the initial journey to a new weight, a new look or a fitter feeling, which does require the most sacrifice, it’s much more about retaining a healthy balance of good and bad. Yes, you can still go out on a drink binge, you can have a bucket of ice cream on a lazy Sunday afternoon but it has to be balanced out by 5 healthy lunches during the week and/or a decent amount of quality exercise in the range of 3 to 5 hours a week.
How much do you want it?
The first step is the hardest. But you have made that one already. Something needs to change. Consecutive steps get easier one by one but excuses will always creep up along the way. With the abundance of information on the World Wide Web and training facilities like ours with a varied list of products on their books, there are proven pathways to make some actual change.
So now the copious amount of Christmas dinners and work parties have drawn to an end, let’s make a plan and tackle the New Year head on.