Make Commitments, Not Resolutions in 2015

Resolutions.  They come around every new year and quite often crash and burn by the time February rolls in.  If this sounds like an annual process, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Getting fit is hard work that often includes scheduling challenges, battles with the weather and time away from family.  This is exactly why Team FitNice believes resolution is a dirty word and uses commitment instead.resolutions

A resolution is defined as “the act of resolving or determining upon an action, course of action, method, procedure, etc”.  A commitment is defined as “the act of committing, pledging or engaging oneself…a pledge or promise; obligation.”  The difference between two is clear.  Resolutions carry little emotional weight and a commitment asks for you to invest.

Succeeding in the new year is all about your mindset.  With resolutions so frequently failing, they often become self fulfilling prophecies that end without success.  A commitment, on the other hand, is something you’re willing to fight for.  Marriage, education, raising children, these are commitments, not resolutions.  Fitness and wellness are a lifestyle that can be difficult to start and stick with.  With resolutions requiring little emotional investment, it’s easy to see why getting off track is easy.  Make your commitment to health and stick with it using these four simple tips.

Start with small goals.  Running a marathon is a great way to get healthy.  It’s also a great way injure yourself and get frustrated.  Shedding 30 pounds is fantastic but it’s very hard, slow work.  No matter what your goal is, getting in over your head will lead to frustration and likely failure.  Baby steps like walking a mile or loosing 2 pounds are ways to keep accomplishment coming and help you succeed.  You can learn more about setting goals in the video series on FitNicePT’s YouTube Channel.

Have a plan.  Schedule time to work out.  Write down your grocery list and have the kids help with Sunday meal prep.  Life gets in the way of good intentions all the time.  Protect your commitment by throwing out junk food, finding a friend to take TRX class with and replace potential distractions with accountability to have success next year.

Try something new.  Had trouble sticking with a fitness routine in the past?  Try something different.  Take a spin class, try kayaking or power yoga.  By exploring different options you’re more likely to find something, or a variety of somethings, you really enjoy and look forward to participating in.  Make being healthy fun and it’s much easier to stay focused.

Stay positive and be proud.  Making a commitment is hard.  Be proud of every step you take in the right direction and don’t get bogged down when you miss a day or eat some french fries.  Focus on the successes you have and direct your attention to all of the good things you’re doing for your body.

A one hour workout is only 4% of your day, so skip the resolutions, kick off your year with a commitment to health and start to succeed in with Team FitNice’s Jogging in January Challenge.

Coach Meredith

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