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Tuesdays with MOJO / Don't fall off the fitness cliff

Marjorie Spitz RentoComment

If you're one of the people wavering on a New Year’s commitment to fitness, you’re not alone.

Here comes my annoying pep talk:  Don’t give up!  Keep going – you can do it!  Don’t become a predictable statistic! 

Annoying pep talk aside, if you’ve already given up on your fitness resolution, today is the day to recommit. 

Maybe you’re feeling cocky, like you’ve “got this “and can get by without as much focus as you had January 1.  Perhaps you’ve lost a wee bit of weight and/or are feeling the muscles tighten and think you can get away with a little cheating.  Maybe you’ve allowed some of your old habits to creep in thinking you can “handle them now.”   

Let me gently point out, those lines of thinking will result in self-sabotage.  Acknowledge and release them.  You’re still early in the habit-forming stage so it’s more crucial than ever to stay with it. 

Don’t get cocky and don’t falter.

If like thousands of others you joined a gym during the “January rush,” and the workout areas still abundantly full, the overcrowded gym may fool you.  This week is noted critical as when people “fall off the fitness cliff,” as Gold’s Gym anoints it. 

According to David Reiseman, VP of Marketing at Gold’s, “This year’s day of doomed resolutions is Tuesday.  After February 9, check-ins will drop and will never be as high again for the rest of the year.”  THAT’S STARTING TODAY!

An USA Today article  goes on to cite “While there’s no national data on gym check-ins, sales of gym memberships peak in January and hit low spots in April and July, according to the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association.”  Apparently with weather, work and family priorities, around this week is when people start to quit.

I encourage you not to let life’s frustrations get in the way of your self -commitment.   Yes it is hard!  But also very rewarding.

I committed to doing some form of exercise to keep my knee strong every day.  Some days that means a full on strong workout at the gym.  Others, it means pointed stretches and strengthening at home.  And that’s fine.  How you define “work out” can have many meanings.

Taking the stairs instead of the elevator,  desk stretches, dancing around your home all count.   Heck doing something different to shake up a fitness routine that may already feel like a snooze is GREAT.  In fact, stop what you’re doing right now, drop and hold a plank  for 20 - 60 seconds.  That also counts!  Every bit of movement has benefits and contributes to you becoming more fit.  Small changes, right?

I often recommend clients indicate on the calendar the days they participated in fitness activities.  Not only is it educational, but also rewarding to look back and recognize how much you actually did.  A reflective pat on the back or kick in the butt will do wonders toward achieving your goals. 

Implementing measurement tools can be very satisfying.  Go beyond the scale, and include how you feel, how your clothes fit and energy levels – all things which are much more important than losing a pound or two.  There are tons of apps that can support you in this!

To keep momentum going, incorporate activities you enjoy.  If going to Bootcamp feels like walking the plank, then drop it!  Revise your resolution to include activities that don’t feel like homework.  It’ll feel like play instead of a chore and you’ll be more likely to maintain it. 

Let’s face it, 92% of New Year’s resolutions fail (which is why in a previous blog I suggest a small change approach instead of inflicting strict resolutions upon yourself).

Now is the time to reevaluate and recommit. 

Don’t let your fitness resolution die.  Reassess and revive it, right now. Share the fun ways you’ve incorporated new activities, and don’t look back.  This is a life long journey and we will not become a statistic!

Fitfully yours,

Marjorie, Chief MOJO Maker™