After the flurry of Christmas, Kwanza and “Festivus for the Restofus” related activities drifts down and as you sit in front of your fire and breathe properly for the first time in weeks, you will naturally turn introspective as 2013 draws to a close. I know, I know, it’s not even Christmas yet and I’m already talking about the New Year but I have an excellent reason for doing so.
Instead of putting all your faith on one big push on the first day of the year, you should realize that most life changes and behavior modifications require six weeks to change an old habit and another six weeks until the new habit becomes permanent. To translate that means if you have a physical, body-related goal in mind for 2014 you should be thinking now about the steps that will help you get there. Most people jumpstart the first week of January and have already given up before 30 days have finished. When I worked for a large corporate facility, the dawn of January first would see all the trainers forced to wear cheesy t-shirts with a slogan of “You Can Do It!” We would joke that we should get another set made for the three week mark that said, “There’s Always Next Year, Bitches!”
Chuck the non-motivating, stereotypical slogans and clarify for yourself a couple of things:
1) What are your goals: short-term is where you would like to be in six months and long-term is where you want to be in a year. Recognize that lasting changes don’t occur in two weeks, even if you’re consuming protein shakes and taking a Spin class everyday.
2) Identify where your true challenges or obstacles may be. Let me give you an example: a friend of mine and fellow trainer had a baby and in addition to working was going back to school. She gained a few pounds eating cookies and wanted to get back to a body place that she was more comfortable. Time was the first challenge. So she dedicated a specific 30 minute window every weekday that she could commit to at least doing some cardio. Here’s where the challenges can get a bit more subtle. She realized that when she went to the locker room to change her shirt, friendly women would start conversations with her and she would use up 10 or 15 minutes of her window. Disappointed with herself, she would just bag the workout. The victory was that she came up with a solution. She now wears her workout shirt under her uniform. The second she goes on break, she pulls off the top layer and heads for the treadmill. In several weeks, she was back to her lean self. Real change is possible! But it may require more than a thought to fulfill.
A personal trainer can help you set goals, identify obstacles and create ways to aid you over the hurdles. Even using a trainer once a week for the first six weeks of the year can keep you on track until the habit sets in. Victory Fitness offers you flexible ways to help you achieve your resolutions! So ask yourself now before 2013 comes to its end, “What is your Victory Today?”