What is it about this time of year that puts us in the mood for setting new fitness resolutions? Is it the ending of a 12 month cycle that symbolically allows us to comfortably make shifts in our lives? Or, is it the comradery you experience with people while setting new goals and holding one another accountable. Regardless of the reason, the tradition of setting New Year Resolutions dates back over 4,000 years. The beginning of a New Year sets an annual date for us to stop, reflect and plan for the new year ahead. The question is… are New Year Resolutions effective, especially when they are tied to improving your health??
First I want to clarify the difference between a resolution and goal. A resolution is the direction that you desire to take with your life, where a goal represents the steps you need to take to get you there. If your resolution, like many, is to eat healthier, get more exercise or drink less, you are not alone. Fitness and health resolutions are the top common resolutions individuals make, yet the failure rate is high. Gym’s see an increase in memberships at the beginning of the year, and then a slow down going into the middle of the year. Why is this? My belief is that it is a result of poor goal setting and discipline.
It is important to establish attainable goals that position you to achieve your resolutions. Wanting to be more fit is wonderful, but how will you do it? Will you join a class? Will you go for walks or join a tennis class? After deciding on your fitness resolutions, lay the groundwork for being successful. Educate yourself on the steps necessary to take care of your health, which includes taking care of your mind, and practicing self discipline, self love and self care. If you hold yourself accountable to reaching your goals, there is no reason why you cant be successful.
As I have evolved in life I have found it useful and beneficial to periodically check in with myself and evaluate my goals, where I stand with them, and adjust or set new ones. While I believe this is a healthy practice, I am also aware (from experience) that it is one that takes regular discipline – and that does not come naturally for many of us. It is for this reason that New Year Resolutions have been around for centuries.. The universe is forcing us to stop, check in with ourselves, and make necessary adjustments at the same time every year. Take advantage of the opportunity to check in with yourself and identify changes you would like to make. With proper discipline, you can set yourself up for success.
What are some of your resolutions for 2022? I would love to hear from you.