Why Fitness New Year’s Resolutions Don’t Work

If you are like lots of people who made a resolution for the New Year, you have decided once and for all to hit the gym and get in shape. Regrettably, if you are like the majority of people, you will fail to keep your resolution. The stats are quite disappointing.

  • In the initial week of the year, 25% will certainly bail on their new found resolution.
  • After the very first month, that number will raise to 36 %.
  • After 6 months, the majority of every person who resolved to get in shape, 54% of them will have bailed on their resolution.

So, how many people on average keep their resolutions? Only about 8% of people.

Does this indicate it’s hopeless and you shouldn’t even attempt to get in better shape? No! It simply suggests that setting a New Year’s resolution is not the best way to deal with attempting to accomplish weight management.

If you ask a room full of people if they have ever been on a diet, it’s a safe bet that just about every person would raise their hand. If you then asked how many of those people have actually lost weight on a diet, you would see a majority of those people raise their hands as well. If you then asked out of those people how many of them actually kept the weight off, you would probably see just a few hands pop up. The truth is most people can lose weight, for a time but then inevitably most will gain the weight back.

New Year’s resolutions are inherently doomed to fail. Every year millions of people will go grab the newest bcaa supplement, the best casein protein powder and hit the gym with the best of intentions. The problem is most do this just because the calendar hits January 1st and they don’t have any true lasting motivation to hold true to their resolutions.

If you want to actually succeed in keeping your resolutions and or commitments to change you need something else. You need a “why”. Why do you want to lose weight? Why is this important to you? Find your true “why” for change and you will create an environment that is truly conducive to true and lasting change.

If you have started a New Year’s resolution and you’ve either already abandoned it or are beginning to wain on your commitment, just know it’s not too late to refocus. Establish a certain, measurable objective that has a really powerful “why” connected to it. Simply make certain that it’s your “why” and not someone else’s.

Unfortunately we have become a society where extreme obesity and general lack of good physical condition is the norm. Yet, it comes with an extremely high cost. With the huge portion sizes and large drink sizes, we have lost all principle of what a “healthy and balanced” meal is. Part of any New Year’s resolution to get in better shape is going to start with our food choices but if your true “why” isn’t established and you don’t have true motivation, you’re doomed to fail.

You can reshape your body. You can be successful in your transformation. You can make your body into something phenomenal. You just need to determine just what you desire as well as your “why”. It sounds so easy, and it is. Yet, it isn’t easy. But, you can do this.

 

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