>January is always the month for “resolutioners”, particularly those wanting to finally make their health/fitness a priority.
I’ve seen it year after year. Group classes are full, clients and referrals pop out of the woodwork, and the gym’s parking structures are worse than the 405 at rush hour.
Now that we’re heading into the 5th week of the year, the drop-off has ensued. Whether or not you’re part of this demographic, here are ways to get back or stay on track:
1. Note and be honest about the top 1-2 things that keep you from succeeding.
- If forcing a morning workout just isn’t working for you, admit it to yourself and find solutions. It’s usually best to work out when you feel most “up to it” but if you’re never in that disposition, and the morning is your only “you-time”, then find other ways to get it done at that hour.
- Realistic options: hiring a trainer, committing to a group class that you like enough, or using a workout video that motivates you enough to wake up and get going.
2. Have a measurable goal that can show you progress, or lack thereof.
- Subjective measures of progress can easily derail you from compliance. If you’re just going by the way you look or feel, the bundle of emotions staring you down in front of a mirror will probably tell you the things you hate about yourself the most.
- Wise up to your inner critic, and be objective. Best practices: Measure specific areas of your body that show true progress.
- For example, the circumference around your navel. Make sure the tape measure is level throughout.
- Another i.e.; your body fat percentage based on a body fat scale (TANITA makes great in-home versions). Make sure to measure first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach, after a night of having the usual amount of sleep, and the same typical amount of food/liquid intake. That said, no measuring on the morning after a party night out.
3. Never be afraid to seek outside help. Even the best of us are made better by others. I see a psychologist for self-enlightenment. I see other fitness pros to check on my technique and bounce off workout ideas. There should be no ego, when trying to be a better you.
4. Do it because you love yourself. I don’t think you can be your best self for everyone in your life, unless you love yourself enough. Most people see what’s wrong with their hips, thighs, arms, etc. The extreme body-consciousness of back-in-the-day does not serve you.
So celebrate what does look great about you, and get back on track with your resolutions because you know it enhances your best self even more. 2011 is the year of adding “1″ to your already-perfect “10″ life; it just keeps gettin’ better!
Off to February, we go!