Sunday, January 10, 2010

Start 2010 off with a BANG

Happy New Year! I hope that everyone's new year is off to a great start!
Of course, there is much talk of resolutions, goals, and getting off on the right foot.
I won't hound you on that...but i will say this.
Set A fitness goal. Don't kill yourself. Don't plan on getting up at 6 AM 6 days a week to go to the gym, eating perfectly 7 days a week, spending 1 hour a day stretching, 1 hour a day running, and 1 hour a day lifting weights, cooking all meals at home, eating only organic, going vegan, making all your whole grains from scratch, and growing all your produce in your own garden. It won't happen. If it does, please teach me how.
The usual "new years," routine goes a little something like this...
-set 50 new goals, because we want to be perfect, right?
-failure to keep all of them, leading to feeling like a failure
-giving up on all of them because we get the sense that if we can't do them all we aren't going to do any
Pick one goal; something you want to focus really hard on. Something you are willing to put all of your time and effort into. Something that is doable.
Make a plan.
For example: If your goal is to go to the gym 5 days of cardio per week. Sit down on Sunday and make a calendar. Find the times when you'll actually be able to go, and write it out.
Then, stick to it. You'll be surprised at your ability to stick to your goals once you have a plan, and you start to get into the swing of your routine.

One thing that I have learned whist working in the fitness industry is the power of the mind. People are constantly underestimating themselves. We, as humans, are far more capable than we realize. One of my favorite things about training is watching the elation on a clients face when they do something they didn't think they could do. Half of the battle is mental. It is being willing to try at something that may seem, "hard." When in reality, you were capable all along. You just didn't know it.

Pick a goal. Push yourself. Try something new. You can do it. I know you can!

Let's make 2010 a Happy and Healthy Year!

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