We all know it’s true. The number one New Year’s resolution most people make is to resolve to be fit and healthier. Ask anyone who goes to a local gym, when is it most crowded? Invariably they will say, from January to March!
You may not want to believe this, but it can take 8-12 weeks to begin to establish a workout habit. Here’s what usually happens. For the first 3-4 weeks, it’s easy to make a point of working out. It’s new, fresh and exciting. Then between 4-8 weeks, we start to realize the time commitment is interfering with other things we’d like to do. The fun has started to slip and now we start to resent the “need to go” to the gym or stick to our home workout. This is the danger zone — the time when most people give up and go back to their old ways. However, if you can battle through to 12 weeks, you will be well on your way to forging a new routine in your life, making it much easier to sustain.
One solid way to get through that initial period is to have a committed workout buddy or a personal trainer. Buddies are great, because they can help push you and hopefully, you do the same in return. But, sometimes life can get in the way of your friend’s schedule and if you are in that zone where it’s easy to give up, you may end up losing everything you’ve been working toward.
Yes, there is a cost to having a personal trainer, but here’s what you are getting in return:
- A dedicated, focused and motivating person who will help to keep you on a path toward health and fitness
- A trained person who knows how to assess where you are in your current health and fitness and how to create a custom plan just for you
- Someone who has learned how to create balanced food plans and find alternative snacks to keep your calorie count low, while still leaving you satisfied
- A person who will work on more then just your weight, but also on your general fitness, balance and cardio health
- Someone who was once in your very same position and was able to make the change and now wants to help others do the same for themselves
Christmas Day is already in the rear view mirror and maybe you got your gym membership, workout clothes, fitness set and kettle bells to along with your own Fitbit, but did you get the motivation and support you will need to follow through? And did you know that you don’t need to be a member of a gym to get a solid workout routine in your very own home?
If you want to discuss how I can help you with your health and fitness goals for 2016, get in touch with me to setup an initial consultation, either in your own home or in mine and I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have. It’s never too late to start thinking about your overall health and fitness.
Wishing you all the best for a Happy New Year!