If you're like most people, you give some consideration to making a New Year's resolution. You ponder how your life can be improved and whether you would actually stick to a resolution.
More often than not, these resolutions have something to do with health and fitness. Let's take a look at some of the most common New Year's resolutions and why they don't work.
“I'm Going to Lose 20 Pounds!”
Shedding 20 pounds is easier said than done. If you would like to lose this much weight, don't expect to reach your goal in a few weeks. It will likely take a few months - at least - to drop 20 pounds. A more realistic and healthy goal is to lose one pound per week.
“I'm Giving up Junk Food!”
Just about everyone has resolved to cut down on junk food following the holiday gluttony. Hardly anyone actually follows through beyond the first couple weeks.
“I'm Going to try XYZ Diet!”
Diet fads are all the rage around the first of the year. Taking a chance on a healthy diet craze is admirable yet few honor their commitment beyond the first few weeks/months. Most “diet of the moment” eating regimens require eliminating tasty foods like fruits or meats. It's much easier to cut down on portion sizes than adhere to a hardcore diet.
“I'm Starting a Cleanse!”
From juice cleanses to cabbage cleanses and beyond, dieters can drop pounds and clean out their system if they stick to this resolution. However, detoxing with a cleanse takes severe dedication and plenty of trips to the bathroom! Opt for a mini-cleanse that allows you to eat a fulfilling meal or two per day and you'll still be able to clean out your system.
“I'm Hitting the Gym Every Single Day!”
Most of us feel bloated following those extravagant holiday meals. Yet promising to hit the gym every day will only serve to tax the body to the point that it breaks down. Add in the fatigue from excessive workouts and most people find that exercising every other day is a much more realistic resolution.
Instead of making "resolutions," why not make lifestyle changes? If you have a fitness and health goal, boost the odds of following through on your promise by enlisting the help of a personal trainer. Ralph Roberts Training is here to get you on the right track and stay there for the remainder of the year. Contact us for a free personal training session and see what you think!