The new year always brings with it a wave of resolutions, genuinely good intentions spurred on by remorse over forsaking last year’s promises. However, most of the time, these new resolutions have a shorter life expectancy than a fruit fly. Come Valentines’ Day, most people have broken enough of them they figure 2013’s a wash and figure they’ll wait til 2014 to start it off right again.
Sound jaded? Well perhaps it’s because I’ve broken enough of my own resolutions, or it’s because I always see our sales surge in January and dip in February. This year, when you sit down to write your health and fitness goals for the year, take a look at your notebooks here at the gym. Make a list of your accomplishments and personal records in 2012. Reflect on them. Pat yourselves on the back for the goals you met, and make a list of goals for the year.
Goals are accomplishments you can work towards, whereas resolutions tend to be an “all or nothing” mentality that usually leans more towards the “nothing” side. Write down a strength goal, a skillwork goal (ie muscle up), a goat you want to overcome (ie hate running), and a nutrition goal. Spend 2014 working towards your goals, whether your journey there is a direct path or a road with a few detours.
The best way to stay on track is to get yourselves in the gym. Nothing gives you a friendly kick in the ass like positive peer pressure or friendly competition.