New Years Fitness Facts

Fact #1: The number one New Year’s resolution is to lose weight and get into better physical shape.

Fact #2: Close to 95% of those people will give up on their resolution within the first thirty days.

I think it comes as no surprise to anyone that the number one New Year’s resolution for Americans is to lose weight and get into better physical shape. The next fact unfortunately is not a big surprise either, particularly to those of us in the business or those who have given up on their own resolutions. So why is it so hard to lose weight?

There are a couple of reasons that people find losing weight so hard. The first reason is that most people go about it the wrong way. An overly restrictive diet or exercise plan that is too aggressive will inevitably lead to burn out and failure. Even worse, a diet that is too low in calorie will create a yo-yo dieting syndrome in which your metabolism will actually get slower and cause you to gain even more weight when you begin eating normally again. The key here is to establish a healthy eating plan that is realistic to stick with.

This leads to the next reason that so many people fail. The “secret” to getting into better physical shape and losing weight is consistency. Consistency and determination are the keys to losing weight and getting into shape. It does not matter if you are on the best nutrition and workout program in the world if you do not stick to it consistently for a good period of time you will not get results. The good news is that you do not have to be on the best program in the world, as long as you are dedicated and consistent you will reap better results than most.

It is important to set a goal, a realistic goal, and stick to it no matter what. Make the goal something attainable, like 30 minutes of exercise for a minimum of 3x per week and stick to it. The difference between the successful and the unsuccessful is that the successful do it even on the days that they don’t feel like it. If you only exercise on the days that you “feel like it”, you may never exercise at all! Just set a plan and do it. You will be surprised that even on the days that you didn’t feel like doing it, you will feel great when you are finished and proud of yourself that you have accomplished what you set out to do.

Start by setting a reasonable short term goal, like exercising for 3x per week for 30 minutes each time and losing 5 pounds this month. Next, make yourself accountable to that goal. Commit to exercise with your spouse, find a workout partner, hire a trainer, or join a class; but somehow make the commitment to exercise. When you have someone else depending on you or waiting for you, it is much more likely you will keep that commitment. Once you have made this commitment, do not let anything stop you from reaching your goals. There will be days that you do not want to go, but go anyway. There will be days when you are tired and stressed, but go anyway. These are the days that you need to exercise the most and these are the days that will make all the difference in the long run. You will be glad that you did. Guaranteed!

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