By WIN Contributor: Scott Paul, BSc, MSc (Candidate), Personal Trainer
Well, a new year has come, and along with it came all those resolutions. I am going to focus on a couple of familiar resolutions. The ones such as “this year, I will workout every morning”, or “I’m going to lose this belly and cut out the desserts”. Then, two weeks in, you feel you’d rather sleep in, or a friend comes over for dinner and you feel obligated to have a piece of apple pie.
These types of resolutions aren’t just seen at New Year’s. These health goals are made all year round. Everyone makes those resolutions. However, these types of goals and resolutions are just setting you up for failure. But why? I’ll tell you why. A person who is inactive and sedentary on December 31st is not going to all of the sudden become a new person on January 1st, waking up early to workout. Just as the person who is a little overweight and loves desserts, isn’t going to all of the sudden totally cut out the foods they love.
One of the reasons these resolutions almost always fail is because they are unrealistic. You need to take things one step at a time.
Let’s start with the inactive person. Their resolution should be to become more active...and that’s it!! Try parking a little further away, so you have to walk more. Maybe you can start taking the stairs instead of the elevator. It doesn’t have to be big. These initiatives makes you more active. Then a couple months down the road you can start taking it a little further, like getting a gym membership or seeing a personal trainer at WIN. ;)
And what about that person who loves desserts...or food in general, for that matter. This is the same idea as above. BE REALISTIC. If you’re going to lose a little bit of weight, do it right. Do it in a way that is healthy and in a way that will last a lifetime. You didn’t gain weight by eating desserts; you gained weight by eating too much dessert. This goes along with what I have always said and what many of you hear me say. Calories in need to be less than calories out in order to lose weight. I’m not going to go into it any more than that, because it’s as simple as it sounds. Just be realistic. If you’re use to having three cups of coffee a day with two creams and two sugars, cut it down to one cream and one sugar. If you’re having two helpings at dinner, try for one.
To make a New Year’s resolution last isn’t rocket science. You just have to be realistic. Don’t set yourself up for failure. Set yourself up to SUCCEED!!