04 Jan All You Ever Wanted To Know About New Year’s Resolutions
And how to reach your fitness goals
By AARON DORKSEN – 3G Cardio Fitness Editor
When I arrived at my office this morning, a giant box of donuts was left in our break room.
“Who brought these in?” I asked.
A co-worker replied, “I did. We’re gonna eat up before I start my new diet next week for my New Year’s resolution.”
This is the time when many people come up with a New Year’s resolution. Some take it very seriously, give it a lot of thought and vow to keep it. Others set one hastily without a lot of thought.
Unfortunately, most people do not wind up keeping the New Year’s goal they set for themselves. I didn’t want to be a “Debbie Downer,” so I didn’t tell my co-worker that approximately 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February (source, U.S. News).
PICK AN ATTAINABLE GOAL
This time of year makes a lot of people do a lot of reflecting. It’s time to look back, but more importantly look ahead. What kind of person do you want to be in the coming year?
Decide on a reasonable goal.
A guy telling himself he wants to get washboard abs if he has a size 40 waist, or a woman saying she wants to get a figure like a super model is probably an unattainable goal.
Instead, set something realistic, like vowing to lose a reasonable amount of weight, or that you’ll exercise three to four times a week. Be open to adjusting your resolution some if it’s not quite working out – that’s a lot better than quitting altogether.
And don’t set resolutions that you’ve made in the past and always seem to fail – unless of course you really believe this is the year.
If you are trying to take on a really major resolution that‘s failed in the past, like quitting smoking or drinking, then this time seek professional assistance. If you’ve failed repeatedly in weight loss or other fitness goals, then maybe working with a dietician or trainer will help get you over the hump.
MOST COMMON RESOLUTIONS
Here are 20 of the most common New Year’s resolutions as listed by Wikipedia:
- Lose weight
- Pursue a Satisfying and Fulfilling Career
- Get a better job
- Get fit
- Eat right
- Get out of debt
- Become more organized
- Save money
- Improve grades
- Get a better education
- Drink less alcohol
- Quit smoking
- Reduce stress
- Take a trip
- Volunteer to help others
- Be less grumpy
- Learn something new (such as a foreign language or music)
- Try to get up early in the morning
- Time management
- Help the poor
GET FIT AT HOME
If fitness is part of your resolution, consider setting up a home gym or improving the one you have.
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If you have a home gym you can decide where, when and how you want to work out. Set up the treadmill in front of a TV and watch your favorite show, place a book or magazine on its rack or play the home stereo while you walk or run.
By working out in the privacy of your own home, you don’t have to worry about walking outside and having people in the neighborhood staring as they drive by. Some people feel more comfortable at home than exercising in a health club gym, either.
Treadmills are safer than outdoors because you don’t have to worry about stepping in a hole outside, inclement weather, etc.
*Most resolutions are lost before January is even a few weeks old. The most crucial time to keeping a resolution is the first two weeks, so be tough on yourself the first two weeks even if it’s really hard. If you can get through those two weeks you’re obviously still not home free, but it will be a lot easier.
*Create a gameplan to keep your resolution.
Write down ideas on how you’ll be able to follow through and you can write down some of the hurdles you expect will present themselves. If you’ve set fitness goals, keeping a daily workout log will be a huge help.
NOTE: Consult a doctor or certified fitness trainer before starting any new workout program to determine if it’s right for your needs. This is especially true if you (or your family) have a history of high blood pressure or heart disease. If you experience faintness, dizziness, pain or shortness of breath at any time while exercising you should stop immediately.