Stop being a Resolutioner!

By
HarborParkCF
July 20, 2021

Have you ever started a New Years resolution just to watch your motivation - and your plan - fade away a few weeks into the year? If you have, we feel you. Big changes are tough. If you haven't, well I'll be the first to tell you we see it quite a bit. In the fitness industry we even have a term for it - Resolutioners. The trove of people that sign up for a gym membership, and even come to the gym for a number of weeks, only to fall off and never seen again by spring time.

Today I want to break down why this happens - why people are motivated come the New Year, why they can stick to it for a few weeks, but then why they ultimately fall off a few weeks or months into the year. I also want to give some alternative strategies so that you can make a change that lasts for the long-term. Because you don't want to make a change for a few weeks right? That's not your motive here. You want to make a change that will give you the health, the fitness, the body that you've always dreamed of. Let's dig in.

Let's start before the New Year even hits. You know you need to make a change. You WANT to make a change. You are committed to joining a gym and are excited to start.

Now that we understand that we aren't some new magical person, we need to understand why people fall off a few weeks in to their resolution. It has to do with the perception of what they can handle. The reality is most of us can't handle as much habit change as we think.

Now let me ask you a question. If someone is starting at a point of no exercise and no dietary plan, how much of a change is realistic for them to be able to adopt? Do you think they can go from zero activity to working out every day? No diet plan to eating perfectly healthy?

So when it comes to making a lasting resolution, we need to change our mindset about it. It's not about making every change we need all at once. That's way too overwhelming and way too daunting. That's why after a few weeks of going to the gym every day and eating healthy we see such a big fall off. People can't keep up with such a drastic change. It becomes too much to handle. And they fall off and give up.

Maybe the smallest habit change for you is committing to going on a walk every afternoon or maybe it's going to the gym 3 times per week. Maybe its having one more glass of water per day or eliminating one soda per day. Maybe it's bringing a lunch to work 3 times per week instead of going out every day.

We need to start with the smallest change that you can make that isn't too daunting or overwhelming - something you can do for the rest of your life without stressing about and without throwing everything else out of whack.

Once that smallest change feels normal you can start to layer in another change. That's how we make a resolution last. That's how we make it turn into a long-term change.

Please don't hesitate to reach out to us if this resonated with you! We'd love to help you with any resolution or habit trouble you've been having.

PS, please share this with any friends you think this may help!

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