Yeah, you read that right; plan again.
The odds of conquering a new year’s resolution are slim to none and I’m going to be very real with you on this one: slim to none and slim just left town.
In my experience, this crowd who started a new fitness routine in January flamed out fast.
By the second week of January, half were gone.
By Valentine’s Day, about three-quarters bowed out.
St. Patrick’s Day? About fifteen of one-hundred new members remained coming into the gym regularly (3x/week or more).
By May 1st, most were gone, about 90-95%.
What am I telling you?
That you’re going flunk this journey?
Of course not. What I am saying is if you’re reading this article, chances are you’re looking to begin a new health/fitness journey so I’m motivating you to begin….now!
Wait, right now? But it’s the Holidays!
Yeah, the best time to begin any journey is the second it walks into your mind.
I took a hiatus from personal training due to pursuing other endeavors that long avoided me (I’ve since combined fitness with them…ha!) and the minute I started thinking about re-entering the training game, I didn’t hesitate. I went to work immediately despite a brutal work schedule.
The same goes for you and ANYTHING you seek to accomplish.
The second the thought enters your mind, you have to go for it.
This is why so many embarking on the New Year’s Resolution fail. The seed is planted in November but it’s forgotten until January.
So, what can you do to ensure 2020 is your year?
Join a Health/Fitness Center or Invest in Home Equipment
Yep, the time is now. Your time is now, and your future is now – not January 2nd, because no one really begins on January 1st. At least not in my experience, so instead of starting off 0 for 1, start off ahead of the game.
Look, at this time of the year, gyms are empty and you know Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals are hot, so take advantage of the sales! I once worked at a FedEx plant during a particular Holiday Season and I unloaded countless boxes of exercise equipment (what a workout!) onto a conveyor belt.
Oh, and no matter what decision you make, whether joining a gym for a monthly fee or simply going about it at home, TALK TO FITNESS PROFESSIONALS!
Which leads me to my next topic.
Talk to Fitness Professionals and Hire One
Personal Training is a luxury and it will help you out in the long run. Yes, hiring a trainer is pricey but at the same time, it’s a much smarter endeavor than going about it with an app or a fad diet.
Have people lost weight (the common goal after the Holidays) using these methods?
Have they lost fat and maintained muscle?
Uh, did they even consider and if they didn’t, they just wrecked their metabolism, something I’ll cover in another article.
Anyway, invest in one, because by doing so, you’re investing in you and your health at a fraction of what it might cost for medical treatments later in life for refusing to prevent the issue before it arose.
So do yourself a favor, get professional help with this endeavor, and watch yourself succeed and achieve the body you’ve always dreamed of. The average transformation takes roughly a year if you want to really succeed in your fitness life, so sign on for the long run with your local professional and make the commitment NOW, not later.
Gain Control of the Holiday Life
Did you know exercise helps enhance mood and suppress appetite?
Did you know exercise builds muscle so you can burn even more calories?
Well, when you put these little building blocks together, you just conquered the Holiday Season – junk food galore?
Not a problem.
Weight and waist gain?
Not this year.
See, this is one HUGE reason why you need to begin a workout regimen the second it enters your mind. Isn’t that lovely?
The problem here is that many who join a gym and start exercising go about it the wrong way (see above section) and will end up slowing their metabolism. This is because most of us already have slow metabolisms to begin with due to lack of muscle on our bodies.
Therefore, we need to talk to fitness professionals now more than ever to become a fat-burning machine, which is what most of us want anyway.
So bear in mind, the more you resistance train and build muscle, the more calories your body will burn. And not just that, if you want to indulge a little during the Holidays, the penalty will be far less severe.
Connect the Dots
Okay, so first off, you need to join a gym, fitness center, health club, or invest in your own equipment. Get the head start now before January comes knocking.
Second, the most successful members I’ve seen at any gym are those wise enough to invest in themselves. Nothing will augment your progress faster than hiring a professional to design safe and effective programming for you while providing sound nutritional recommendations. Those going about it on their own rarely succeed, but those who know an expert will take them the distance will
Finally, doing so will build muscle when one exercises properly. This means steering clear of cardio machines for the bulk of your workout and instead focusing on speeding up your metabolism first. It might sound unconventional, but it’s not. In fact, numerous studies back the claim that resistance training, for both males and females, will build muscle and in turn, speed up the metabolism.
And no, you won’t look like a bodybuilder, but you can be more guilt-free when the food comes around.