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Monday, December 27, 2010

New Year Fitness Resolutions Part 1

It’s that time of the year when it feels as if we must look back to reflect in what we’ve done this year an what we plan on doing next year. However, over the years, to often I’ve heard, “My new year resolution is to lose weight, be more active, run a 5K or a marathon, accomplish something with my life or just something in those lines”…

Looking back most time it seems I hear these resolutions from the same people over and over. So that tells me two things, either New Year resolutions do not work… or we are just big fat liars; we procrastinate, we don’t follow through or maybe our plan is to weak because its not followed by action.

Now please understand I know many people (of whom I’m extremely proud off) who have been following their resolutions from years past, and as the next year comes in they continue to follow through their plan… it’s a process.

But for the rest what could be the problem as to why many end December every year saying they will lose weight, get fit and become healthier and once January comes around almost always they either join a gym, hire a personal trainer, go online, read a book get all hyped up… but February comes around and the plan changes and they stop!!! What happened?

Well sometimes some people don’t know where to start; so they feel lost and quit.

If this is you then you must understand that every goal you set must be followed by action. I tell all of my clients to set goals. Even when they walk to right from the start I ask them, what is your goal? Sometimes they say to lose weight…. Well that is not specific; it has to be realistic and specific. However that alone will do not much good. YOU NEED TO TAKE ACTION.

Even if you don’t have all the knowledge of the world you can be more active. You can join a gym, recruit a buddy to run or walk with, hire a fitness expert to get you started and many more things that you can do. What you don’t want to do is nothing…

A Chinese proverb says: “Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still”

Listen you must move and get started in your fitness journey, and trust me once you do that, you quickly learn that you figure things out along the way. OG Mandino once wrote: “my dreams are worthless, my plans are dust, and my goals are impossible. All are of no value unless they are followed by action. I will act now!”

Do not wait and don’t put excuses either. At the end fitness is not that complicated. Everyone knows that some type of exercise is always better than just sitting on the couch, and it doesn’t takes a college degree to know that fruits and vegetables are better than a burger, fries and coke.

Do not be afraid of taking that first step, but do keep in mind that fitness is a process you must make part of your life and so you must incorporate healthy habits as you go. The important thing is that you take that first step to your journey… like a Chinese proverb says: “A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step”

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