New Year’s Fitness Resolutions
Sticking with New Year’s Fitness Resolutions
By Linda Doyle, AFAA- and TRX-Certified Personal Trainer at Golden Ocala
The fitness industry is well-known for its trends and fads. On the first of the year, everyone is ready to take control and get in shape, as they stated in their New Year’s resolutions. The first week or so goes well — but then, they find themselves back to their old habits.
For anything to stick, we need to start with the basics. For Golden Ocala’s Linda Doyle — a licensed personal trainer and nationally qualified figure competitor — that starts with two main concepts:
- You must have a goal. Wanting to lose weight, for example, is not much of a goal. Many people make that statement all the time and only stay at their current weight or even gain a few pounds. When a goal has no backbone, there is no real reason to fulfill it.
- MINDSET — this is the most important part of the start of one’s journey.
Adopting a New Mindset
We have an abundance of thoughts every day. According to Shahilla Barok, a trainer and holistic lifestyle coach, this could add up to 70,000 thoughts in just 24 hours! Since many of these thoughts are often the same, changing those thoughts – like the ones we have about health and fitness — is the key to changing our habits. For example, if you wonder why you are exercising after only doing it for two weeks, nothing changes. You start doubting yourself, and the scale — not the big picture — becomes the focus. Ultimately, believing that nothing will change is what keeps the weight the same. Consider the definition of insanity – doing the same things over and over and expecting different results. It’s no different with the mind and body.
Results will only come when we shift our thoughts, according to what we can achieve, and set a plan in motion. So, line up a workout schedule and food groups, zero in on your focus and HIT IT HARD! To start the game plan off right, set aside ten minutes in the morning to meditate on your goals for the day.
None of this is easy, but if there’s anything we’ve learned from the health industry, it’s that doing something is better than doing nothing at all. Movement of any kind allows us to use the body in the way that it was designed. Coupling that with a positive mindset will make the steps toward change that much simpler.
If you’re a member looking for that extra confidence booster or further advice, call the Fitness Center at Golden Ocala — (352) 402-4350.
Reference: American Fitness Winter/2019