In 2017, let’s take small steps. You want to succeed at your newly formed resolutions. You want to lose twenty pounds and be able to do one pull up. You want to be able to run a 5K or a 50K or a 100K.
Why Do People Fail at their Fitness Goals?
Because people do too much too soon. Going to the gym in the first week of January, a Body pump class on Monday, Barre class on Wednesday, using new muscles on the elliptical-by the weekend you are hurting.
Let’s take small steps. Here’s why:
Point One-you have to start somewhere. If starting on January 1 invigorates you, go for it. But see Point Two!!!!
Point Two-ease into it. Don’t take a Body Pump Class, Insanity, Barre Class that first week at the gym. Your body will be sore and you’ll be disappointed that you couldn’t keep up or it was too hard for you.
Go to the gym. Walk on the treadmill for a mile. It could take you fourteen to forty minutes. Do that every day for five days a week. Or even better, walk one mile three times a week for that first week. Congrats! That’s three more miles walked than you did in December. Just get used to moving. This exercise thing is new. You are going to have sore muscles. Maybe the second week walk four miles that week.
Point 3-Change one thing. One thing at a time. Don’t go to the gym AND start Whole 30 or your new Paleo diet all at the same time. It’s too much stress, too much to think about. You can find valuable guidance regarding your nutrition from something like FitnessGoal, a site that has a variety of articles about dietary advice. Change one thing with your diet. Eat an apple a day. Switch from full-sugar soda to diet soda. Switch from your four cans of diet soda to 3 bottles of water to one diet soda a day. Eat a protein muffin rather than a chocolate bar. These small changes can have the biggest impact and having a healthier diet will nourish your body. That way you have a goal and it’s reachable. Add one vegetable to your diet. When you start small, you can focus more of your time and energy on your gym efforts, before refining your nutrition when you start to improve in the gym. You may even get to the point where you are on sites like fitnessmusclemeals.com.au searching for your own customised nutrition plan! When I first started eating more healthy, I would eat an entire can of green beans with my main meal of the day. They were healthy, low calorie, and helped fill me up. When I ate at the hospital cafeteria, I would have a huge cookie as my dessert. I changed that to an orange, it helped satisfy the “sweet” ending I wanted.
Point Four-Everyone has to start somewhere. You’ve paid your money, the gym belongs to you too. I am currently a newby in two new sports-swimming and biking. I still don’t really know what I am doing in either sport, but I am out there and trying. I’ve swam more in December than the rest of 2016 combined!
Take the small steps so you will keep with it! Let’s make 2017 the year to a more fit you!