>I must say … year in and year out, the first 4-6 weeks of the new year always bring an extra 5-10 people in classes, just out of “resolution guilt”. And I love/celebrate the fervor with which the “resolutioners” take on new classes, and statistically, about 20% of them keep the habit and get with the program.
>It’s the 3rd week of the year …
I’m all for change and I’m all for improving oneself and learning better habits and making positive life choices. My advice for sticking with it? KEEP IT REAL.
1. Make sure the workout schedule you put yourself on is realistic for you and your work schedule and lifestyle. Otherwise, you won’t stick to it.
2. Ask yourself how likely you really are, personality-wise, to stick with these choices. There is nothing wrong with you if it’s just not your cup of tea — you’re better off knowing in advance, so you can be on the road to finding options that DO work.
3. As with everything, integrate changes in moderation. Most usually, any drastic changes you make end up in drastic but non-lasting results as well. Statistically, those who embark on a fitness program by gradually engaging in an improved nutrition and exercise program over time are the same ones to keep it over the long term. Give yourself a statistical edge over the rest, and think: MODERATION, MODERATION, MODERATION.
My hope is for you to keep your resolutions until it’s time to make new ones in 2011.
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