On this 1st day of the 1st month of a new year, people everywhere are taking their 1st steps on a new journey, towards a new goal.
Or maybe it’s not a new goal. Maybe it’s an old goal. Maybe it’s something you have always wanted that has always eluded you. No matter. If today is a 1st day for you, you are in good company.
The “fresh start feeling” of a new year is a post-holiday reflex. It’s practically automatic.
Visions are clear.
Goals are set.
Intentions are focused.
Even if you haven’t resolved to change. Even if you haven’t set any goals to lose weight or get in shape, the idea may be on your mind, even if it’s the back of your mind.
If that “fresh start feeling” is on your mind today, I invite you to make a promise to yourself. I invite you to make a pledge to…
What does that mean? Fitness is healthy. Everyone knows that fitness is healthy. Health & fitness go together like peanut butter & jelly, milk & cookies, bacon & eggs…you get the idea.
We think of health and fitness as inseparable BFFs. But there’s a problem with that assumption. And it’s as common as the fresh start reflex.
We know what happens to New Year’s Resolutions. The shine fades. Plans get derailed. Often before the end of January. And nobody is surprised. Things go back to normal.
I think you know where this is going…
Have you, or someone you know, ever set a diet, exercise or fitness goal that you knew – with every muscle fiber of your being – wasn’t healthy? Your mind was stoked but your gut was screaming NOOOOOOO!!!
Starting today, I’m going to the gym every day.
I need to lose 10 pounds…in 7 days.
I’m not getting results. Time to double my workouts.
No more desserts. Ever!
From now on I only eat clean and train dirty.
I shouldn’t have had those drinks and desserts. Now I need to punish myself with exercise.
Making the pledge to Keep Fitness Healthy means resisting all of the usual temptations that set people up to fail. And make no mistake, fitness failure is the norm. Statistics in national health reports bear this out year after year. So do anecdotal reports. It’s so common we hardly notice when it happens. We go right back to normal.
To stay on a healthy fitness track this year you need to avoid these common pitfalls:
Trade these temptations for a realistic fitness plan that is balanced. Set long-term, achievable goals. Then add daily or weekly action steps. Plan for setbacks. Plan how you will get over them and get back on track. Be kind to yourself along the way. There is no finish line. A healthy fitness plan is a lifelong journey with lifelong benefits.
These ideas probably don’t sound new. They aren’t. They don’t come with glamour and sex appeal. They are not clickbait.
But they are vital to the health of your fitness plan.