Commit To Your Fitness Promise This Year
We are less than sixty days to the end of 2022. What a year right? Today is the perfect day to start thinking about all those promises you made to yourself for January 1st, 2022. Are you happy with your results this year? Our topic today is 3 Simple Ideas To Help You Commit To Your Fitness Promise This Year. We want to help you take massive action with the remainder of 2022 so the commitments you made to your fitness promises are well on the way before the New Year.
What we know for sure is every January comes with a sense of renewal for many people. A common theme amongst individuals is to create a resolution involving things they would like to change or achieve in the coming 365 days.
One of the more common promises involves fitness. Whether it be to simply improve overall physical appearance, get healthier or maybe to become stronger, a vast amount of people make their resolutions around some facet of physical fitness.
Sadly, the majority of New Year’s resolutions fail. The red-hot motivation felt in late December to mid January begins to wane and by February, people find themselves at the same place they were the year before.
New Year's fitness goals are prone to not being fulfilled by the majority of those that make them. If you’ve ever spent much time in a gym, you know the routine. For the entire month of January, there is often a line at every piece of equipment in the building. The local fitness facility begins to resemble Times Square.
Advertisements flood the media with discount gym membership rates, dietary supplements and all sorts of shiny new pieces of equipment promising to transform your body in a short amount of time.
Today, we are going to share a few ideas that will inspire you to fulfill your fitness goals this year and well into the New Year. If you can set yourself apart from the statistics, you will undoubtedly thank yourself for taking action and allowing yourself to commit to your fitness promise this year.
1. Allow Yourself To Keep Things Simple
When beginning on a new fitness journey, it is so easy to become overwhelmed. Considering which workout routine to start, what foods to eat, even the outfit to wear to the gym can get in the way of your overall goal. Fitness, as well as life in general, is best to allow yourself to keep it simple.
The best workout is the one you will stick to, period. Similarly, your nutrition should not be rocket science. You know what foods are good for you and what is junk. The biggest determining factor pertaining to your success in fitness is consistency.
Beginning with a simple walking practice is a powerful way to start your fitness practice. We wrote about getting started with a walking practice here https://www.wendybottrell.com/blog/how-to-easily-incorporate-more-walking-into-your-day and https://www.wendybottrell.com/blog/4-wonderful-benefits-of-walking-every-morning-for-your-best-life
2. Set Goals That Inspire You
The media does a remarkable job of making drastic body transformations seem like an overnight process. We are constantly bombarded with images and television commercials promising that if you buy their equipment or take a certain supplement, you will look identical to the models used to promote these products.
Even more comical is the timeframes reported by these advertisements. How many times have you heard, “In just 15 minutes per day, 3 times per week, you will finally have those six-pack abs?” This is all nonsense, as physical changes to your physique do not work this way.
Fitness is about creating a new a lifestyle for yourself. Be sure that the goals you set inspire you and make your heart sing.
As you begin your journey, it is critical to realize that while you WILL see progress, it doesn’t happen overnight. Therefore, instead of planning on going to the gym 7 days per week and eating nothing but rice and chicken from a Tupperware container, set goals that you can commit to and practice daily.
Start small, like holding yourself accountable to 3 workouts per week and avoiding your favorite late-night junk food.
3. Develop A Strong “WHY”
As we have already discussed, fitness is about making moving well a lifestyle change and consistency. Remember this, the incredible sense of inspiration and enthusiasm you feel at the start WILL come and go. If your only goal to work out is to “look better,” there are going to be a lot of days in which that is simply not enough.
We wrote about how to Implement The 5 Whys Method To Energize Your Best Life here - https://www.wendybottrell.com/blog/implement-the-5-whys-method-to-energize-your-best-life
If you are going to stick to your fitness goals this year, developing YOUR WHY that is BIG enough to stick it out when the inspiration and motivation cool off, the excitement isn’t there and you’d much rather stay in and watch television instead is MANDATORY.
Your “WHY” has to be unique to you. Find whatever that is and use it to push through the hard days!
We started walking in 2017 to help reduce stress during a difficult time and absolutely enjoy getting out for a walk every morning. What we know for sure is that walking outdoors will help improve how you feel, improve your brain power and definitely help reduce stress. Walking in the morning is best and not only does it feel good, but it helps with your sleep at night and that helps with your brain power.
“Research shows that regular walking actually modifies your nervous system so much that you’ll experience a decrease in anger and hostility,” she says, especially when you're going for a stroll through some greenery or soaking in a bit of sunlight. This can be particularly helpful during the colder months when seasonal depression spikes. (source: Here- https://www.geelongmedicalgroup.com.au/2018/11/7-incredible-health-benefits-of-walking-30-minutes-a-day )
Join me for our FREE Walking Challenge Here - This is appropriate for all fitness levels, though it is tailored to beginners. You will also get a tip a day, which gives you a little more insight into how to walk, what to wear, going outside or using the treadmill, and even journal entries about your experience. Join The Free Walking Challenge Today – Free Registration HERE
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