Why You Shouldn’t Wait for The New Year to Set Your Fitness Goals
New year is exciting and even more exciting? Everyone makes New Year’s resolutions that same day. New year’s resolutions are so overrated. Everyone just follows the trends without putting any deep reflections or thoughts behind it. It’s the law of the majority.
“That’s it. I’m going on X diet”
“I’m gonna workout more”
“I’m gonna create this meal plan and follow it perfectly”
Sounds familiar? Believe me, I was the same person too. And here is the most disappointing part… falling back into my old habits just a few weeks later.
Notice all of those goals are vague? It’s lacking the steps you need to take to get to your goals. Did you know that only 8% of people achieve the new year resolution and that 80% fail at achieving their goal? (New York Post)
Because 99.9% of people do it, it feels normal to have one too, but what if you can get ahead before the chaos? What if you get a head start?
The thing about New year is that everyone is so excited about the celebration and the fireworks that they start to make big plans off of the adrenaline they have at the moment. Don’t get me wrong, getting to see another year is a blessing and we should be grateful for it, but I want you to start making decisions with your why in mind. Not because everyone is doing it or because it sounds good.
It won’t sound good when you’re struggling to get up for your bed to exercise. Before you wait until January 1st to start…
Here’s what waiting for NY does for your resolutions
- It is just another form of procrastination. When you put off things in the future, you are giving yourself permission to make unhealthy choices now. You are putting off the inevitable to later because you don’t want to deal with it now. Well, the band aid needs to be ripped off now so that you don’t have to deal with the wound later.
- Your actions now will be hard to reverse later. Every choice that you are making now become habits. Every yes that you say now, is a no that you are saying to a healthier and better you. By eating that bag of chips every day, you are setting up yourself for a hard life later down the road. It will be hard to lose all that weight gain in the future. You are essentially forming bad habits without noticing because your body will get used to it and doing the opposite after one day will feel impossible.
- Putting all your hope in one day does not make the magic happen. Yes, January 1st always spark hope in us because we get to start “fresh” and we might be abandoning a crappy year behind. However, just because you started “fresh” does not mean that you will directly jump into good habits right there and then. Unfortunately fireworks don’t go off everyday, you have to make it happen for yourself.
So, Here’s what you should do instead
- Start today. Start when no one is making noise about new fitness goals on social media. Work on yourself now, so that when new year comes, you will have your momentum going. Putting things off tomorrow is generally never a good idea. Your health is a priority, and you need or maintain it like you are holding a fragile glass in your hand.
- Take one small step at a time. You want to get lean and fit, start lifting weight once or twice a week. By New year, you will already be lifting 5 to 10 more pounds than what you started with.
- Take this as a moment of preparation: Do the dirty work now. Go through the struggle now so that January comes, you will be prepared for it. Therefore, you will be less likely to give up. Because the first few weeks of implementing habits are super hard, you would have gone through it already. And that is what will separate you from the rest. That is what will make you among the 8% of achievers.
- You will already have a momentum going: You are be able to set up higher goals for yourself when New Year comes because you have already done the groundwork before. You have even greater confidence that you will achieve your goals because you have already planted the seeds in the beginning. January feels more like a breeze and you are even more motivated to keep going than the average person who started January 1st.
Are New Year’s resolution worth it?
New Years resolutions are overrated. If you want to increase your chances of achieving and actually sticking with your goals? Start now. By taking the steps necessary now, you are setting the foundation for your future self. Being healthy is about building habits overtime that are sustainable for your lifestyle.
You can’t change your life in one day, but you can be dang sure that your life will change after you change your habits over a period of time. It is a series of continuous habits that will truly make a huge difference. Will you wait January 1st or will you start working on your fitness goals now? Comment below!