New Year’s Eve, a time that everyone thinks is super special, because we think that at midnight we will magically change into the person we are meant to be; except, all that is really changing is we accidentally write the wrong year on the date for six months. We tend to idealize ourselves and other people. New Year New Me. We say it all the time. And I get it, we all want to think that this year will be our year, and that every bad habit we have will disappear at the stroke of midnight like some weird Cinderellaen spell.
I’m not saying this is a bad thing. Having the hope of being better is something we can never let go. My problem with this is holiday is the New Year’s resolutions. We all make these things that we are going to do to make our lives better. The biggest one is, typically, going to the gym.
Going to the gym is good, and I do believe everyone should do it. But making a New Year’s resolution to go to the gym everyday without working out a day in your life, is insane. That is something you might do for one week and never again.
So, here are some tips for small, building resolutions.
- One step at a time, literally. If you are trying to workout more but maybe jumping into a 60 minute boxing class is too much for you, take the stairs instead of the elevator or walk to the store instead of driving. Little things like that which are building muscle and endurance without sweating it out at one time.
- Add on once you feel comfortable. Usually we think we have to do all these things at once or we will never reach our goals, which isn’t true. Once you feel yourself getting comfortable the first step, take it to the next level. Maybe add on one run a week or long walk. These goals are lifetime goals, not goals for 2019 to be forgotten in 2020. You have time.
- Don’t stop until the habit is there. You will feel this one. Now that I’m going to the gym multiple times a week, the days that I don’t go, I feel it. It’s like when you don’t notice that you are hungry until you are hangry. Once you’ve hit this point, you are ready to look for a gym.
- Finding a gym is hard! We all have certain types of workouts we like. I cannot make it through a crossfit class because I think it is the dumbest thing ever, and I cannot run more than 20 feet because of how bored I get. These are things you are going to have to try before you buy. And try them all. Groupon is a thing for a reason, use it.
- Settle in. It is okay to stay at two gym days a week for awhile. If it works for you, keep it. If your overall goal was to go to the gym, now you are, and it is okay to stop here. You don’t have to keep pushing.
- Hey Look Mom I Made It! You did it, celebrate!
This tips go for any type of resolution. If you are trying to read more, start with reading the news everyday then find the novels you like to stick with. Basically, just take baby steps with everything. We all like to think we are capable of change overnight, but evolution is a big indicator that humans are not. So ease into it. And it is okay to take back a resolution. If you honestly hate the gym and taking the stairs is enough, that’s fine. You don’t have to do every resolution you said you were.
Make a plan, try everything. Good luck and Happy New Year!