As we touched on last week, resolutions can seem pretty lame because of a lack of follow through for what ever reason. They can now see like a pretty big joke. This is no exception, and probably more common in the fitness industry. Why is that?
The list could be endless so I'll keep it short. Many of these reasons are not just a "new years" thing but an all year long thing, "new years" is just a time to motivate and start over with a clean slate but with the only thing that has changed being the calendar year and a dozen new fad diets to the market. So here is a shot list of why people fail at fitness.
Don't know what to do.
Poor program design.
Poor nutrition plan.
Intimidated, self conscious.
Gym too busy, don't make time for self.
Lack of discipline, consistency.
Lack of planning.
If this sounds like your pattern year after year maybe its time to rethink they norm and break out of the box.
My favorite and one that will blanket nearly all of your excuses is lack of planning. Myself, one of my 2011 goals is to qualify for Boston Marathon 2012. That's not going to happen with out a plan. So I've got my program set. The program itself can seem intimidating and overwhelming, never mind having a wife, business, finding time to fuel properly, and recover properly. Then we can add on Colorado weather the snow that fell this weekend and still coming down or the windy month of March (I hate wind almost as much as treadmills).
That's a mountain of training and miles needed to put in, as well as all the other hundreds of excuses that I can come up with. So I am no different than 'Sally' that wants to lose her last 10. To 'Billy' who has struggled with obesity his whole life, and every other Bob, Joe, and Jill with a fitness goal. We are all on our own journey with a lot of hard work to put in.
We stress this to our boot campers all the time, on grocery store tours, and everywhere in life. Plan. We all have busy lives and and a laundry list of excuses to go along with it but who is going to make it happen. Who is determined to reach their goal.
I know one thing when I cross the finish line on May first and qualify for 2012, every single sacrifice will be worth it. But if I come up short, I am going to second guess every missed workout and say I could have snuck that training in.
Do create a to do list for the first week of January. Create a plan for your goals to be reached and accept no excuses.