Happy Healthy New Year – Avoiding the Resolution Pitfalls
Avoiding the Resolution Pitfalls
By Lori Friend Moger
‘Tis the season, to be dreaming, fa la la la la, la la la la. Dreaming of smaller bums, tighter arms, shrinking stomachs…can ya feel it? I actually love and support the idea of deciding to be better, to DO better. Even if (yes, we are human) our resolutions aren’t actually what we need, and the outcomes not always as grand as our intentions, I still think it’s a worthwhile practice.
Resolutions are a perpetual and predictable phenomenon in the fitness industry. On January 4th, a big wave of people will invade gyms and rec centers across the world. They’ve said to themselves, “That is IT! I’ve had it! I’m going to get fit if it kills me!!!” And they start. And within 90 days, almost all of them are gone. The shocking attrition happens for a multitude of reasons, but in my opinion can be attributed to one of three major mistakes.
- WRONG GOALS – Yes, almost everyone sets the wrong health If your resolution has the words “pounds, inches or dress size” in it, raise your left hand to face height and firmly slap yourself. This is NOT the goal. Activity hours per week, intake of veggies/legumes/fish/water, time spent outdoors, and quiet de-stress time are the goals you’re lookin’ for! Measure performance rather than outcomes whenever possible. It’s much more powerful – and frankly, more meaningful than losing 10 pounds (boo).
Examples of Few Happy New year 2017 resolutions :
Goal: Complete 4 hours of exercise per week (list acceptable activities).
Goal: Prepare a healthy fish dish every Friday.
Goal: Drink 1 liter of water per day.
Goal: Eat a brightly colored fruit or veggie with every meal/snack.
- NO HELP – It surprises me how many people come to the gym and do exactly the same workout for years. Not that this is necessarily bad or harmful, but moving your body in the same way, with the same load hundreds of times is physically and mentally boring! Isn’t it?? Yawnfest!! Investing in a good trainer even occasionally can make all the difference in your success. I have clients that I only see 4 times a year. We review their old program, and create a new, more challenging regimen that keeps them motivated and moving forward. Low cost and high reward!
I also strongly encourage creating a community of active friends. You are after all, the combination of the people you spend the most time with (I totally believe this). Meet for hikes, walks, tennis, bike rides – you get the idea. If your only “friend time” is spent eating and/or drinking, it’s time to create a second group. Who knows…maybe some of your pizza friends will also meet you for a hike in the woods!
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- CREATING EXCUSES – I know, I know. I work! I have busy kids! You have NO IDEA what my life is like! I’ve heard them all – I simply can’t be shocked anymore. But I also consistently hear stories about very busy people that squeeze fitness into their day; month after month and year after year they get it done. You can’t actually tell yourself that you don’t have 30 minutes to spare, now can you? Watch one less Breaking Bad episode tonight, and viola…I found ya some time.
Hate the gym? Download great music or books to indulge in only while working out. Have a bad knee? Don’t we all. Start small, get advice from a physio or trainer, and do what you can. Fear what people think of you in your yoga pants? That’s an easy one: Nothin’. People who work out regularly tend to be less judgmental than their less active counterparts! They know the commitment and work involved in a healthy life – and they will cheer for you, I promise.
Keep your goals performance-based, specific and small – baby steps really do create giant leaps. If you falter, then start again. Remember there are no hard and fast rules to your healthy life journey. We can all take different paths. And most importantly, don’t forget to pat yourself on the back. Allow yourself to be proud when you succeed and forgiving when you slide. No matter what your resolutions are, your biggest supporter is always yourself. So go give yourself a confidence building hug, lace up your running shoes and get your butt out the door.
All the best in 2016!
Lori Friend Moger, M.Sc. is a writer, speaker and Kinesiologist. She is co-founder of No Finish Line Living, a wellness company providing keynotes, seminars and retreats with the sole purpose of pushing people into their best lives possible. For more information, visit us at www.nofinishlineliving.com.