Training: Resolve To Do
Yes, the New Year is right around the
corner. Many of us will resolve to do things like lose weight, exercise more, do
this, do that. But what happens to those resolutions?
By the end of January, maybe as late as February, those resolutions go by the
As a fitness professional, I see many people start out their resolutions with
great enthusiasm and commitment. However, quite often, they let it go before
they have a chance to effect a change of any real significance.
Whats the reason? Thatís the $64,000 question. Many of us, when we resolve
something, really mean it this time. But along the way we start to feel that
either, itís not a reality, or we feel that weíve gotten at least part of the
way to our goal and we can relax a little. Well, hereís what I resolve: I
resolve to do nothingÖsort ofÖ
Thatís right, I said nothing. And hereís my reasoning. Resolutions go by the
wayside, because they are sudden, unrealistic goals. We resolve to make sweeping
changes in our lives without laying down any of the groundwork, or setting
In my professional opinion, the most effective way to make lasting changes is
to start out small. Whatís the first thing you do when you build a house? You
build the foundation. Well resolutions are, essentially, the same way. You have
to start small and then build on that.
Now, even with 10 plus years of experience Iím not saying that I know what to
do in every case. What I am saying is that to make wholesale statements about
what I am going to do is not necessarily a reality. If I am going to work out
more, first I try to get myself into the gym once or twice a week for say, one
hour. After having achieved that on a regular basis I up the ante. I get into
the gym for 1 hour† three times a week. After that maybe its 90min two to
three times a week. And each workout has a purpose.
I see so many people in the gym or on the road on the first Monday after the
New Year that I have never seen before.
These people have good intentions and are determined to reach an advanced
level of fitness and health. But by the end of February or early March they are
no longer around. Most often the reason behind this is that they havenít reached
their goal in record setting time. And at this point they give up.
So, with that said, recognize that setbacks may occur. And thatís Ok. The key
is realizing that along the way, because we are human and we are making changes
in our normal routine, sometime we will lose focus or stray from the path. The
trick is maintaining our focus and getting back on track.
Attaining your fitness and/or health goals is like climbing a mountain. You
may lose a few steps along the way, but youíre still higher than you were when
you started. Itís important to remember that, like most things in life, the path
is not always a smooth ride. There are twists and turns that are unanticipated
and will slow us down, but if we are patient and deliberate we will ultimately
reach our end goal.
Now, I know it sounds corny, but itís not necessarily about the goal, but
about the process. Health and fitness are lifelong pursuits. Our bodies and
lives are dynamic. Therefore goals are constantly evolving. Even the most highly
trained athlete is always trying to achieve the next level. Perfect health and
fitness is hard to define.
So give yourself a break...
When you lose focus or fall short of the goal, look at what went wrong and
ask yourself, what are the changes that need to be made to get back to where I
want to be? Here are some tips:
short term, attainable goals as well as long term goals.
Second: Write down these goals and put
them in a place where you can see them everyday.† Repeat these goals to
yourself Out loud every morning and
night. Never mind the fact that anyone who hears you saying this out loud may
think that youíve truly tipped over the edge, just do it. Affirming your
intentions in open air goes farther than youíd think.
Third: When your short term goals have
been met, set the next set of short term goals that will help you along towards
your long term goals. As you get further along the continuum of success, treat
yourself with small rewards to positively reinforce the behavioral changes that
The combination of setting realistic goals, reassessing your progress and
reaffirming your commitment will help you to make the healthy lifestyle changes
that you can maintain for a lifetime.
Ainslie MacEachran is a premier level coach with Colorado Premier Training.
If youíd like to make your resolutions stick, you can contact Ainslie through
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