With the beginning of any new year comes the start of the January fitness boom!
I have already noticed the changes. The person walking around the supermarket with pages from a fitness magazine. The slightly busier car park at the gym. Don’t get me wrong I am not complaining! I love that fact that so many people are out there being so proactive to better their health and improve lives but the sad fact is we all know that within a few months maybe even weeks most of them will have given up and be back to the old ways.
So with all the hype and motivation, all the latest cook books and the new gym classes, why is it so many of us fail? Some within the first few weeks! We have all the tools we need to succeed but yet we still fall short…I’ll give you a hint its not the tools!
The problem lies in how we take action not the actions we take.
Setting actions without goals
- I will go to the gym 3x a week
- I will attend that new class twice a week
- I will start diet [insert name]
It’s not that there is anything wrong with any of those (well apart from the diet one) but setting an objective without a goal is like getting in your car and driving without knowing where you actually want to go. It’s really hard to stay motivated and keep moving forward without knowing what your doing it all for.
Make sure you have a clear goal in mind. What do you want to achieve? When do want to achieve it and most importantly why is it important to you?
Making things too hard
This is a big one! More often that not I hear about failed goals and resolutions it comes down being a little to ambitious and biting off more than you can chew (excuse the diet pun). Things like:
- I going to eat zero chocolate.
- I am going to cut out carbs.
- I’m only going to drink alcohol once a month.
Again nothing wrong with any of those but if you normally drink alcohol 3-4 times a week then going to once a month is going to a massive amount of commitment and determination that could easily be derailed but 1-2 crazy days at work. The same applies with going to the gym. If you barely go at the moment then 3-4 times a week is a huge commitment.
Instead of starting with going to the gym three times a week why not start with one or two times a week? Thats right make it easier! I know the idea sounds a like crazy as we all want results faster but by making things a little easier you will be able to be more consistent in your actions even when life throws you a few curve balls.
Quitting at the first hurdle
Harsh I know but failure is inevitable. We all trip up from time to time but its what we do after we trip that maters. If you have made a decision to improve your fitness and change your body I can safely say that at some point you will hit a hurdle and its not going to be fun. It might be a work week from hell that derails your diet or a sick child that keeps from the gym either way its only truly a failure if you quit. Dust yourself off and keep moving forward. Winston Churchill said it best “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss if enthusiasm.”