Don't wait until January 1st to get those fitness resolutions going. Start NOW!
If you have hung around the gym or worked in the fitness business long enough, you are no doubt acutely familiar with the ebbs and flows of people coming to workout and subsequently abandoning the routine. This stark observation is no more visible than in January, when so many of us say, "This is finally the year!"
What that usually entails is dusting off the old gym membership, or starting one anew. Scores of people proclaim that (insert year here) will finally be the time to stop procrastinating, start saving instead of spending or- fanfare plays- hit the gym to lose the extra pounds added on after one-too-many holiday feasts. For some, this may actually be the jumping off point to get things started. However, far too many give up the ship way too soon due to many reasons, not the least of which is the aforementioned procrastination.
I, too, have fallen victim to the habit of putting things off until a later date. We all do it.
However, as I've mentioned before, the one major factor that separates the thinkers from the doers is the act of follow through on changing the situation. If you are really intent on 86'ing those extra pounds or want to do a handstand push-up, why wait until the symbolic time of year to make resolutions, and battle the myriad people in line.
Yes, there are people out there who do their holiday shopping on the actual holiday or wait until the day before an exam to cram all that information into their memory center. But, why wait and add more stress? Don't we already have enough to deal with in life outside of our control?
The concept of acting on your elusive fitness program is completely within your control. I tell my clients this all the time. Human beings are creatures who desire control. It's why we fear traveling by car a lot less than airplane even though the former is statistically more perilous. However, we always desire to be behind the wheel because we feel like we can control more of those variables.
In a sense, your gym routine is the wheel in one hand and the gear shift in the other: You control how often and what gear you want to proceed.
Therefore, if we hold that to be the case, then why not start cranking out those reps, miles and classes now, while the air is crisp and the days are still well-lit throughout? Why wait until January and battle the crowds for the coveted machine or the only incline bench in the gym? Wouldn't you rather be two-and-a-half months into your fitness goals by the time the New Year's Resolutioners get to theirs.
Yes, the calendar does read October and kid's candy might be filling the countertops before the first batch of stuffing is consumed, but that shouldn't stop you from taking control- of yours goals, your program and your results.
If you need a trainer who understands all these factors and can help get you on your way, you've come to the right place.
Embrace fall. Don't fall off the wagon, but take the plunge into that long awaited workout routine and nutritional regime. If you wait until January, you may wish you had started in the fall and not risked having everything fall apart.