There are about sixty days left in the year! The holiday season will make it feel like these last two months are racing by, and before you know it, you’ll be ringing in the New Year. More than 40% of Americans make a New Year’s Resolution, and about a quarter of those will have to do with personal fitness. It might be making a weight loss goal, just wanting to get to the gym more often, or training to run a marathon. Whatever it is, personal fitness resolutions are common and the reason that you’ll see so many new faces in the gym after January 1st. Unfortunately, though, all too often those faces start to disappear by March. The enthusiasm of the New Year wears off and pretty soon that resolution fades into memory until the next year rolls around. According to U.S. News, about 80% of resolutions fail by the first week of February.
How many times in the past have you made a New Year’s Resolution that had to do with your personal fitness? If you’ve made the same resolution year after year and aren’t seeing the results that you want, it’s time to break that cycle. Understanding why so many people fail at their fitness goals can help you understand how you can actually achieve yours!
Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail
You aren’t being held accountable.
It’s easy to sit on the couch and decide you are going to finally get in shape, lose weight, or hit that bench pressing goal. But it’s a lot harder to actually get up and do it. When you only have yourself to answer to, it’s easy to skip a workout or two until the gym is just a memory.
The solution: Get an accountability partner.
Having someone who is checking in with you about your progress and making sure that you actually went to the gym this week can make a big difference. When you know that someone is expecting something of you, you are much more likely to get it done. That person could be your friend who also wants to lose weight, your mom, or your spouse. Let them know that you need their help keeping you accountable and to please check in with you to see if you’ve been working towards your goals. The best accountability partner at the gym can be a personal trainer; not only are you paying for their time (and thus more likely to attend the sessions!), but they can keep you motivated and identify when you start to slack off.
You try to achieve too much, too quickly.
We want to achieve our goals in a couple days, not a couple months or even a couple years. When you don’t see immediate progress, it can feel discouraging and you wonder why you are even trying. So you give up and decide it’s not worth the effort.
The solution: Set small, achievable goals.
Instead of trying to change your fitness all at once (which isn’t going to happen!), break your larger goal into smaller, more achievable goals. That way when you do reach them in those first few weeks, it will help you stay motivated towards reaching the next one. For instance, if you want to train to run a marathon, make it a goal to run a quarter of a mile that first week, a half mile the second week, and so on. Or, if you want to lose 20 pounds, make it your goal to lose one pound a week. Not only will you get to celebrate your achievements more often, you’ll feel like you are really making strides towards the larger goal.
You don’t change your habits.
Thinking you want to make a change is a lot easier than actually making the change. Deciding to make a change needs to come with a change in your habits, too. If you don’t change what you’ve always done, then you’ll continue to get the results you’ve always had.
The solution: Shake things up.
When you change your habits and routines, then you start to rewire your brain and make it easier for you to achieve your goals. For instance, if Fridays have always been burger night, then it’s going to be a lot harder to lose weight when you are still chowing down on your weekly feast. But if you change burger night to salad night, then you’ll be creating new, healthier habits that are in line with your goal to lose weight. It also helps rewire your brain so it doesn’t always expect burgers but starts to actually enjoy all of those salads.
We Can Help You Achieve Your Goals
Are you looking for more help achieving your personal fitness goals? You don’t have to wait for the New Year to get started. Our 24-hour gym in West Conshohocken is ready to get to work today. Starting on your goals today means you could already be achieving them by the New Year! We can even help you get through the holiday season while avoiding the annual weight gain. Our personal trainers will keep you accountable, help you stay motivated, and set goals that you can start achieving right away.
Ready to get to work on your fitness goals? Get in touch with us today to learn about our membership options. We’re looking forward to scheduling your first personal training session so you can make this the year you finally reach your fitness resolutions!