We’ve all told our friends one year or another while watching the ball drop, “This is the year I’m going to get in shape.” Then we go home to refrigerators full of delicious holiday leftovers, vowing to start eating healthy after they’re gone. Or we end up snoozing our alarms to sleep off the holiday party hangovers instead of working out. The instant satisfaction of catching some extra sleep or indulging in a delicious treat can be extremely tempting. Waiting for the long-term benefits of diet and exercise to be visible? Not so much. There are many reasons why your New Year’s fitness resolution may not be effective, or why you might have even given up before starting. Here is a breakdown of three big reasons why New Year’s fitness resolutions fail and how you can overcome them and be more healthy and fit person.
One of the biggest pitfalls when it comes to personal fitness and a proper diet is putting off starting. After the holidays, most of us have leftovers that we don’t want to simply throw away. The food is too good, you only get that dish once a year, you don’t want to be wasteful, etc. These are common excuses that we use to rationalize putting off something we’re not excited about doing in exchange for something we know we’ll enjoy. It’s normal to feel bad about tossing the remaining half of a cake or pie in the garbage. However, the best way to get on track to getting fit is to start your fitness journey immediately.
Once the holiday parties are over, toss out any leftovers that might tempt you to put off getting healthy. Performing the physical act of throwing out unhealthy leftovers will put you in the empowered mindset you need to build psychological momentum. Once you’ve done that, set up a workout schedule that you can commit to and look into scheduling workouts with a personal trainer. If you plan on exercising before work, commit to waking up earlier. If you plan on working out at some point during the day, schedule your workouts then, but remember to remain consistent. Starting the year with that momentum will give you better chances of success with your long-term fitness goals.
2. Gym Anxiety (Gymtimidation)
People always say that no one else in the gym is watching you exercise. That doesn’t change the fact that the gym can feel like an intimidating place. You may feel self-conscious about not being in as good of shape as some of the other gym members. Seeing people who are much farther along in their fitness journey than you can make you feel inadequate or frustrated when you don’t see the same results after only a few weeks of training. We are truly our own biggest critics, and that can be amplified in a potentially intimidating environment like the gym.
The solution to this is to consider working one-on-one with a certified personal trainer rather than simply joining a gym. Rep-Fit exclusively offers personal training with one of our experienced, certified personal fitness trainers to formulate a more private, personalized, and targeted approach to your fitness goals. You can schedule private personal training sessions if you exercise most confidently by yourself or in a small group if you’re more motivated by a group atmosphere. The privacy offered by working out with a personal trainer allows you to put any gym anxiety out of your mind and focus on yourself and your health.
3. Lack of Experience
Perhaps you’ve never seriously attempted a diet and exercise routine before. If not, it can be overwhelming to try and figure out what you should be doing in order to get the results you want. The world of health and fitness is overrun with fad diets, exercise “hacks” that promise unrealistic results, different types of workouts that target different goals, etc. It can very quickly become too much information to sort through and build an effective exercise plan.
The solution is hiring a personal trainer with the background knowledge required to tailor an individualized approach to your workouts. Trusting your fitness professional’s expertise is vital to the success of your fitness plan. If you feel the workouts are too challenging or not challenging enough, talk to your personal trainer about it. Avoid making any changes to your plan without consulting your trainer. Modifying your personal action plan can impede personal fitness goals. Your trainer will set your workout plan up a certain way for a reason, so communicating and raising concerns or questions right away is extremely important to the long-term success of your workout plan.
At Rep-Fit, we know that it’s not always easy to do what’s necessary to get the results you want. It can be easy to get discouraged. However, we also know that everything worth having in life is worth working for. Our personal trainers help you achieve your fitness goals in a way you can manage and feel good about. With 2022 winding down, don’t let that 2023 New Year’s exercise resolution fall through the cracks. The Rep-Fit team is here to take the guesswork out of getting in shape, so you can love yourself and have the confidence you need to enjoy those Boca beaches all year round.