New Year, New Me…For Real This Time
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Let’s talk about resolutions. It’s the time of year where you whisper the phrase, “New Year, New Me”. Gym membership numbers go up and the promise to eat healthier is also on the mind of everyone who makes the promise to fulfill their resolutions.
The problem with resolutions is this, they don’t always set you up for success. Now, making a resolution is not a bad thing, and a lot of the time resolutions get a bad reputation. But, I encourage people, even my clients, to make a resolution because it shows the want for a positive and healthy change.
First off, let’s not call resolutions by that name, instead let’s change resolutions to lifestyle change. Lifestyle change sounds less scary than resolutions and there are easy steps to help you succeed in those changes. The nice thing about a lifestyle change is that it doesn’t have to start on January 1st, it can be any time of the year.
The first step in helping achieve your lifestyle change is to set an end goal. The end goal, for example, could look something like this:
“I want to be able to do a pull up by the end of the year.”
The end goal should be a broad statement that is able to be adjusted to that person’s needs and wants, i.e. the person changes the amount of time in which they want to be able to do a pull up.
To help achieve the end goal, mini goals need to be set. Mini goals are more specific than the end goals, because they are the stepping stones in which the end goal is reached. In the case of the end goal of being able to do a pull up, two possible mini goals could be set.
1.) On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I will practice doing pull ups.
2.) On Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays, I will work on exercise movements that help improve the muscle groups that are used in pull ups.
Another way to make sure you are staying on track with your lifestyle change, and making sure your goals are being met, is getting friends involved in your journey. On my personal Facebook page, my friend, Tara, started a “Weight Loss” group. In this group, everyone can ask questions, share fun workouts and recipes, and encourage others to keep them on track for their fitness goals. Even at work, I have friendly competitions that help keep me going with my own personal goals.
Now let’s say that two people have the same goal, the worst thing that can be done is to compare each person to the other. Everyone is different and everyone’s body will react differently to exercise.
Remember, take it at your own pace, the end goal is flexible for this reason.
Kellen Skidmore Greater Green Bay YMCA
Certified Personal Trainer & Wellness Coach