One of the main things I see go wrong when it comes to sticking with New Year’s fitness goals is people being overzealous and going from 0 to 100.
They haven’t workout for 5 or 10 years, maybe never at all. Come January 1st they’re going to start trying to run 5 miles a day. Their bodies are not going to be conditioned for that type of activity so it will only be a matter of weeks before the back starts giving out and the knees and feet are killing them.
This is definitely a great way to discourage yourself.
Another thing we see happen is someone who couldn’t find 30 minutes a week, is now committing themselves to 2 hours a day. This may workout for a couple of weeks while the New Year’s magic is pushing you along, but its only going to be a matter of time before you notice its straining your family or work life and you just can’t realistically keep up with it.
The idea is to go in with realistic expectations and a plan that moves you along in small increments. Start off with one mile and a month later move up to 2 miles, a month later up to 3 miles.
This is not something you have to do overnight. You don’t have to become the fittest athlete in 3 months. What we’re trying to do is create habits we can maintain for the long term. So build yourself up in increments, start off with a couple times a week with 30 minutes., and after a week start 40 minutes, then 50 minutes if you have the time. Go from doing 2 days a week to 3 days, then 4 days and so on… until you can find that sweet spot that you can maintain without taking away from other areas if your life.
A lot of people just don’t know where to start. The person that decides to run 5 miles a day all of a sudden is not being crazy they just genuinely don’t know how those increments should look. If you don’t know where to start that’s what we’re here for. If you have any questions or need any suggestions with your fitness program, whatever the case may be please feel free to reach out to us we’d love to help.
Be safe and have a happy new year!