SHREWSBURY, Massachusetts – You know exactly what it’s like- the motivation that sparks after January 1st and you can FEEL the change, even if you can’t quite see it. For some of us, New Year’s resolutions are a way to help get back on track, for others it means another year of unfinished business. Here at SHARC we know that resolutions are important, regardless of when you decide to start. By definition, resolution means “a firm decision to do or not to do something.” It really is as simple as that. Just like you, we have some resolutions of our own here at SHARC as well as the tools you need to stick with yours.
Be Specific: What do You Want?
If I could offer any piece of advice: write it down, say it out loud, and draw a picture. If you can visualize what you want out of the New Year, the easier it is to achieve it. We’re not just talking about “I want to lose weight this year” or “I want to eat better”. Well, how much weight? What do you want to add to your diet? Do you want to cut out sweets? Do you want to take off an inch on your waist? Be specific because this will help keep you on course. Plus, it is a common misconception that people stampede gyms and fitness clubs come January 1st because they want to lose weight. We want you to know that no matter what your fitness goal is, it should be about taking the necessary steps to living a healthy lifestyle. You won’t just learn how to be thin, or how to condition your body- you will learn what it takes to maintain that goal once you reach it.
The eagerness is contagious, which is why people begin their New Year with such a positive mindset. You are in a fitness club filled with others who are on the same level as you: one. But the most difficult part for people is when they are 2 weeks in, and see no results. It is said to take at least 1 month for something to transform into a routine. It is our job to keep things moving- literally- in the right direction.
Know the Facts
In order to keep yourself going, it is important to be practical. Some people become discouraged when they don’t see a change overnight. It is important to remember that just like eating one bad meal won’t make you over weight, working out for one week won’t make you fit. Patience is key. Here are a few tips to keep you moving:
- Set a schedule for yourself. You get up for work every day because you have to and it is part of your routine. Treat working out the same way- even if it’s 3 times a week. Pick 3 days and a time and then stick with it!
- Pick what you love. Although variety works great to keep up motivation- don’t force yourself to partake in an exercise you dread. If you hate running- don’t do it. The best part of finding a work-out you like is that it doesn’t feel like a chore.
- Track Your Progress. Whether you are old-school and want to jot down your workouts each week with a pad & pen or want to punch it in on your iPhone, both work! In order to visualize progress (rather than just your reflection) you can read your strength and growth over time. There are a number of great apps that help track this for you – so no excuses!
Here at SHARC, we want to make sure that everyone feels comfortable. Because results appear at different times for different people, and each goal is not the same- we don’t want anyone else feeling out of place. We want you to walk into our club with your head held high, and your goals even higher. Learn how to eat better with our nutritionists, try something new and take a Zumba class, or hey- treat yourself in 2014 with a relaxing massage.
Resolutions start now.