After more than 20 years involved in the Fitness industry, I have heard every New Year’s resolution when it relates to weight loss and fitness. Every year, I listen to these resolutions with renewed hope and optimism that these goals will be met and exceeded. Unfortunately, these goals have not been met year after year. Only 8% of those who make New Year’s resolutions actually achieve those goals. With our busy lives, it is easy to become overwhelmed and rationalize that there are more important activities than your fitness goals. The fact is you have many reasons to get healthy, as one of our members said “Having children and hectic lives are the reasons, not the excuse, to take care of yourself”, “When you take care of yourself, you are taking care of everyone else”. Who doesn’t want more energy, better sleep, prevent or manage a wide range of health problems and concerns, including stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, depression, certain types of cancer, and arthritis, relieve stress, improve your mood and overall feel better. When you feel better, have more energy, you have more time to reach other goals in your life. So now that we realize that we need to do more to improve our health and we are ready to make a resolution, how do we stick to it?
What if I told you that one simple decision would make you more likely to follow through with a fitness resolution? In fact, it is so simple that I am surprised more people don’t do it.
Ready for the answer? Find a workout partner.
That’s right, pick a friend, a co-worker, significant other, or family member and quit quitting your resolutions! Research shows that you are three times more likely to meet your goals if you are accountable to someone else. It is easy to talk yourself out of a work out, but is it so easy to disappoint your friend? Undoubtedly, a work out partner can help with motivation, accountability, and most importantly, make the workout more fun. Better yet, make ways to celebrate your successes. When you and your workout partner reach a milestone, reward yourselves with a night out, a movie, or any fun stress free event. Suddenly, these New Year’s resolutions are starting to sound like fun!
Start right now, pick up the phone and call someone to make a commitment to help each other stick with your resolutions. Likewise, if you are the one that can easily remain on track with your goals, find someone that you can help. What better gift to give someone than the motivation to reach their fitness goals?
Most of us know how challenging it can be to make lasting changes. Having a workout buddy can help make these changes easier.
So the answer is easy: make the commitment, find a friend, and get started!
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Happy New Year and Happy New You!