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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Dear New Year's Resolution People

Dear New Year's Resolution People,

So you've decided you want to get healthy and active, great! I've seen all of you in the pool and gym the last few weeks, there sure are a lot of new faces.

Just like last year around this time... usually lasts for a month or two.

Can you do me a favour?

If you are going to quit in a month, can you do it now instead? It won't really make a difference to your health, and you're just making it too crowded in the gym/pool. It might even save you money, and it will definitely save you time!

What's that?

You're not a quitter?

Fantastic!

So if you're serious about your health - and I sincerely hope you are - then you have to find something you enjoy, that you can imagine doing over and over for the rest of your life. For me, I enjoy cycling, running and swimming, so training is enjoyable.

If it's already feeling like work and misery, you won't be able to stick to it.

Once you find that thing that makes you tick, set a goal. If it's running or triathlon (great choice!) then sign up for a race, and plan for what you will have to do to get there.

Why? Because there will be days when you don't feel like working out, even if it's something you usually enjoy... and if enough of those days get strung together, you'll be off the wagon. If you've committed to something, when you feel like skipping a workout, you'll remember that you can't, or you won't be ready for your race!

All the best, I hope to see you in March, June, November, and next January you'll be an old face instead of a new one! :)

5 comments:

cdnhollywood said...

AMEN!!!!!!

Your Wife said...

You can count on me to stay the heck out of the pool.

Mike Sharek said...

Ha ha...that's awesome.

By now my gym is starting to thin out a bit.

One of my favourite books is "Body for Life" which emphasizes the same thing you said about doing it over and over for the rest of your life.

It needs to be a lifestyle change, not just a temporary resolution.

jonovision_man said...

Exactly... if you cringe at the thought of doing what you're doing forever, then you're not doing the right thing.

Aaron said...

Too funny.