Below is another article that I wrote that was featured in Dr. Kevin Shimizu DC's quarterly article. You can find the full article here: http://www.chiro-shimizu.com/ns/spring12-en.pdf
Make your New Year’s resolutions last!
I’m sure you have seen the gym quite busy in the first couple of weeks of January, filled with people trying to fulfill their New Year’s resolution. However, as the month’s pass, we see a steady decline in the number of people sticking to their resolution. What happens to our motivation that we had in the beginning, and how can we work to keep it up? In this article I will go over a couple of pointers that may help you make your New Year’s fitness resolution last.
So what can we do to better our chances of making our New Year’s resolution last?
1. List down all of the things that have prevented you from keeping to your resolutions in the past and work to deal with those issues first. You cannot expect different results if the same things are there to prevent you from achieving your goals. After you have done this, try to include exercise in your daily schedule in a way that minimally disrupts your daily routine (ex. Going out for a jog for 30 minutes during your break at work). Remember that balance is the key to success here. Going too much out of your way for exercise makes it seem like an extra task in your daily routine, which usually becomes the task that you cut out of your life when things become busy.
2. Make realistic goals. The common mistake that people make that contributes to the decrease in motivation is setting the bar too high. Don’t expect to lose 10-15 pounds in a couple of weeks. For a normal person, this is simply unrealistic! Instead, make a routine that will help you reach your goals over a longer period of time. If you are looking to lose weight, aim for about 5 pounds a month. Remember that as you exercise, you will likely start to gain muscle as well. As muscle weighs more than fat, you may start to see a drop in the rate at which your weight decreases. Do not let this discourage you as the number on the scale does not tell the entire story. Even if your weight is not decreasing, your body fat may be. Also, you will probably see a significant improvement in the tone of your body instead.
3. Seek the advice of professionals to start you off on the right path. Quite often, people lose their motivation in the gym because of the lack of direction. They quickly get into a routine that becomes quite boring and repetitive. This is where you need the help of professionals such as personal trainers to help you construct a varied workout menu that will help you reach your goals in a realistic manner.
I wish you all the best with your fitness goals for 2012!