Ah, the New Year’s resolution! Have you made
the commitment to get fit this year? Really?
And how long did that last? Notice the past
tense… and it’s only February.
We touch on this every year, but it’s an im
portant issue. Weight loss is a multibillion-dol
lar industry, thanks in part to the New Year’s
resolution. Health clubs and sporting goods
retailers quiver in anticipation of the first of
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with mak
ing the commitment to get fit. It’s the best gift
you can give yourself, after all, so why should
n’t you? Unfortunately, many people approach
the process looking for an easy, fast solution,
and that simply doesn’t work.
If fitness programs are used only as a quick
fix to drop a few kilos, they soon turn into a
bother, regardless of success. You’ll resent
the effort it takes and the whole experience
will frustrate you. “Ugh! I hate exercise and I
can’t wait until this diet is over so I can eat
again!” If this is the way you think, you’re miss
ing the point and setting yourself up for fail
ure. Perhaps you simply bit off a little more
than you were ready to chew.
While an all-in approach works for some
people, it’s important to recognise when you’re
not that way inclined. Some people need to
start with the training wheels on, and there’s
no shame in that. Certainly you can find one
little change you can make easily and keep at
it until that one thing becomes routine. Maybe
it’s as simple as eating veggies instead of
chips, switching to sugar-free soft drinks or
parking a bit farther from work and walking
the rest of the way. Take some time and think
about all the little things you could change,
focus on just one or two at a time, and just
start chipping away at it.
Before you know it, small but effective
habits will form that will take you in the right direction and pave the way for further
changes. If you think that will take too long,
think again. Consider all the diets you’ve tried
and the gym memberships you’ve blown over
the years, then realise that what we’re talking
about here is permanent, sustainable change
that enhances – not interrupts – your life.
If your New Year’s resolution fell flat al
ready, perhaps it’s time to start a new one.
You don’t even have to wait until next January.
By Brian Merrill, certified fitness trainer. B.firstname.lastname@example.org 0424 567 845