As the new year rolls around, many people set resolutions related to improving their physical fitness. In fact, it's estimated that up to 95% of new year's resolutions have to do with getting in shape or losing weight. However, the sad reality is that the majority of these resolutions will fail within the first 60 days. Why is that?
BECAUSE IT'S HARD.
So, how can you make sure you don't fall into the 95% of people who give up on their fitness resolutions? The key to maintaining a regular workout routine is the ability to exercise even when you don't feel like it. That's it. That is the only difference between workout people vs non workout people. Everyone has days where they aren't motivated to workout. Those are the days you have to plan for!
A good strategy is to make those days your "easy" workout days - something as short as 15 mins will do. The goal here is to establish the habit of being active, even when you don't feel like it. On days when you aren't motivated, it's important to set realistic expectations for yourself. It's okay if you don't have an intense or amazing workout - all you need to do is show up and put in at least 15 minutes of effort. This can be as simple as walking on the treadmill or doing some light stretching. The workout doesn't matter, the act of showing up does.
If you can stick with your fitness routine for the next 90 days, you'll be well on your way to becoming a "workout person." As you continue on your fitness journey, you'll find that the hard days become less and less frequent. That's because your body and mind will start to adapt to your new routine, and working out will become a natural part of your day. It won't always be easy, but it will get easier over time.
So if you commit to a fitness resolution, It will be hard and uncomfortable BUT it will bring many benefits to your physical and mental health. You'll have more energy, better brain function, you'll experience an improved mood, less stress, better sleep and a sense of pride in achieving something that most people give up on.. So don't be afraid to start something new - it's supposed to be hard and uncomfortable at first. Just don't quit.