20 Feb 2017
3 Tips To Stay On Top Of Your Fitness Resolutions In February
Just a few weeks ago you were probably saying:
This year, I am going to lose some flab.
This year, I’ll exercise more.
This year, i’ll get a gym membership.
Does this sound familiar?
We all start the New Year with good will but how many of us stick to our original plan? It’s mid February now and, how far along are we in our fitness goals? How many of us slowly skipped workouts, passing from 4 times a week to 3, 2, 1… zero, nada, nil, rien!
I bet you that by Valentine’s Day most of us already traded running shoes and sport gear for comfy pyjamas and Netflix & Chill weekends (not that there’s anything wrong with that, different kind of exercise though). I am not being pessimistic, I am just being realistic.
If you don’t want to be one of those people, arg, quitters, here are my 3 tips for An All-Year-Long Fitness Resolution.
1- Don’t follow the New Year’s Resolutioners to the gym
Wait, What?! Yes you heard me. January, after that, February are the most crowded months in the year. It’s packed, finding an available locker becomes an impossible mission and the remaining machines are probably the least effective ones. So basically you are setting yourself up for failure.
2- Work Out At Home and/or Go Play Outside!
Don’t get stressed out about finding parking or be stared at by strangers at the gym. When at home, no equipment or minimal equipment is required. There are tons of great videos online you can follow and that are adapted to your level. One of my favorites Youtube channel is FitnessBlender (https://www.youtube.com/user/FitnessBlender). Also if you’re in NYC, you can check Fiona’s articles (article 1 and article 2) on having fun and working out in many different alternative ways! If you’re not, there’s so many options you can try!
Take January and February to get familiar with different workouts and to feel more confident with yourself. Put your training sessions in your calendar the same way you would do for a business meeting or to pick up your kids from school. Remember: On average, it takes 3 months before a new behavior becomes a habit — 90 days to be exact. Most often people see a dramatic loss in the first 2 weeks as their body sheds extra water retention and not actual fat. It is important to keep in mind the 90 day rule to create a habit that will last. As difficult as it can be, try to think long term and see the bigger picture instead of quick results. This is why most of us quit around March. Patience is the key. It’s not a race, it’s a marathon.
3- Go back to the Gym in March. With a Buddy
You are confused? Don’t be. You had two full months to get your confidence up, to prepare your body (and your mind!) to boost your cardiovascular endurance and lose the first few pounds of holiday memories. March is usually the time where the vast majority of the New Year Resolutioners have left the gym. However, the new you more confident, will step into a less crowded and more pleasant gym. I highly recommend taking a personal trainer to get an introduction workout plan. He’ll help you get familiar with the machines and set you up with a game plan.
You have a friend who shares your desire to be healthier and fitter? Ask this person to come with you. Human accountability is the most powerful motivator. You don’t want to go, she’ll push you and vice-versa. I must warn you: It might happen you both decide to ditch the gym and opt for a Lazy Sunday FunDay Brunch and it’s ok.
By April (90 days later), if you have stuck to your original plan, chances are you will keep your New Year Resolution.
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