Tis the season for flocks of well intentioned individuals to make those resolutions and head off to the gym. The classes are packed with everyone prancing around in their brand new yoga pants, cross trainers and fitbits.
Unfortunately, after a few weeks, the scene will be quite a bit different.
The excitement and newness will wear off, the crowds will dwindle, the fitbits and cross trainers will start to collect dust in a corner of a closet (This hasn't ever been you, has it?) and the clubs will air out and become much more desolate.
Discover what to do if you don't want to be one of the statistics of people, who fall by the wayside.
Find a mentor or someone who inspires you - Whether it's a trainer or someone who obviously takes his or her Health & Fitness very seriously. Someone you desire to become more like. This can be a HUGE force in your desire to stick it out when it becomes hard. The woman who was hugely instrumental in my road from "flab to fit" was a mother of 4 who had the most amazing energy...and body! She was my inspiration. I did not want to let myself down, but when the going got tough, I really didn't want to let her or the other wonderful women I took classes with down.
Get serious and connect with others who are serious too - This isn't the time or place to chat with non-serious friends about what your kids are doing in class this week or what movie you watched last night. You are there to get something accomplished. Take that seriously. Socialize away from the work out area AFTER you've worked up a sweat.
Learn how to use the equipment or what the class is all about - Listen, you will feel uncoordinated, you will mess up and you will get frustrated.
We all did!
The more time you put in, the more consistent athletes will notice and respect your efforts. You will build a new Healthy circle of friends. If you really enjoyed a class, tell the instructor at the end; look for opportunities to start conversations with people you see consistently. Just show up and do your best. You will get better, you will look better and you will feel better; you just need to get some momentum on your side.
Take a bunch of different classes and try a lot of things - You need to find out what really lights you up. In the club and out...Hiking, jogging, walking, running, yoga, swimming, kickboxing, kettlebell, crossfit etc... even if you do not consider yourself to be athletic or coordinated, just give yourself a chance. Be patient and really feel the effects the activity has on your body. The turn around that happens once you find what fires you up is nothing short of magic!
Meet people, make new friends - The bonds formed in the gym are powerful and instrumental to your success. Keep in mind that you may need to form a new circle of friends and let some of your old ones go. If the friends you have now are entertained by going our to happy hour regularly and polishing off a trough of potato skins and super nachos you will never reach your goals. Not that you can't do that every once in a while but you must make a mental shift from that type of activity being routine to a rare occurrence.
Decide to separate yourself from the group that says they want a change but aren't willing to do what it takes. Once you shift your attitude and try a few of these tips, you'll be on the way to being one of those that Makes Miracles Happen!
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