It’s New Year’s resolution time 2017. Time to eat healthier,
drink more water, get to your goal weight, and a big one on everyone’s
list – start exercising! This is something I have seen year in and
year out for years now. Motivation is at it’s absolute peak this
time of year for getting in shape and joining an exercise program. When
considering what type of exercise program / exercising you should be doing,
there are some important things you want to consider that I would like
to discuss here.
Stay away from things that are “Fast and Easy” fixes for getting in shape. If you think you’re going to order 8 minute abs, guess what –
someone out there is scheming up a program to give you 7 minute abs. Pretty
soon, you won’t even have to do a sit-up at all – you’ll
be able to buy your very own pair of custom, chiseled abs for $19.95!
All joking aside, this is prevalent everywhere. It is an effective marketing
tool for a lot of exercise gimmicks and gadgets as well as programs aimed
at making money. I am here to tell you that there is no easy, quick fix
for getting and staying in shape. There is only a conscious effort to
work hard, take care of your body, and do this over a period of time.
What that period of time looks like is up to you, but I would encourage
you to think about how you exercise like a marathon, not a sprint. Change
doesn’t happen quickly, easily, or without building some sweat equity
– and you wouldn’t want it to. Nothing worth achieving is
ever fast and easy, it takes work. Keep that in mind when your New Years
resolution gets into the dog days of February.
Do something that is going to allow you to engage in a variety of things. Let’s face it – the average person is not training to be
a professional athlete. In fact, a very small percentage of the population
are professional athletes. So, why would we train like one? Specialization
– i.e. doing specific things to make you better at one thing –
is what training for sport is about. Variety is more appropriate and suited
for the everyday individual looking to produce a well rounded response
to achieving overall health. If you want to be able to do yard work, pick
up the kids, garden, ride a bike, do a push-up to show off at a party
or family function – what better way to do this than to exercise
with variety. Varied exercises, loading, and intensities are all things
you can do to improve your overall fitness. Don’t limit yourself
to doing one thing all the time. You may get really good at that one thing,
but you’ll miss out on so much more. Coach Greg Glassman once said
“We fail at the margins of our experience.” This is so true!
If you walk, change it up a bit. Carry a pair of dumbbells, walk at varying
speeds, walk for different lengths of time, etc… Apply these principles
to whatever you’re doing and see the results.
Find something that you will enjoy doing and do it with other people! If you like to play badminton, play it at varying intensities –
often and with other people. If you like to do yoga, join a yoga class.
If you like to CrossFit, join a CrossFit class. Whatever it is for you,
be involved in someway on a social level. The biggest thing I hear before
someone fails is “I can do this on my own.” It makes me sick
to my stomach every time because I know this will not happen. Humans are
designed to be around others and have personal relationships with other
humans. Why should exercise be any different. Find exercise that you enjoy
doing, stick with it, and encourage others to try it out with you. It
makes all the difference in the world. You may also be saying to yourself,
“I don’t have enough time”. I encourage you to replace
this phrase with “It’s not a priority” and see how that
feels. If health is not a priority, there may be an internal reevaluation
that needs to happen before it’s too late. Make the investment in
health for yourself, your loved ones, and those you take care of in your
life. You won’t be sorry.
Will starting an exercise program be tough? For some, yes. For some, not
at first. For some, no. However, starting is the key. Remember this: “You
don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”
Here’s to your good health in 2017!