Think about it. Why does a new year’s resolution, usually in regards to vices such as food/diet quality, mean so much to people? Why isn’t there a Thanksgiving resolution, or a Hanukah resolution? Why does the promise of a new year drive people to change themselves so drastically?
I believe it’s because of the “fresh start” principle. It’s a mental (illusion) chance to set things straight so that you can start changing things for the better. Think about how fitness is tied into every aspect of life, just not looking good in the mirror: you sleep better, you get sick less, you buy less medicine, you don’t miss work. So this little thing called fitness is not so little after all.
Think of fitness and health as intertwined with every other aspect of your life, your day to day responsibilities, your job, your sex life etc. By compartmentalizing fitness into something unattainable or blowing it so out of proportion that you don’t even take the first step, you dangle the carrot further and further away from you. To overcome this you have to be vigilant in your feelings toward fitness, your schedule and any other excuse you can think of. If something is so large and far away, why even start in the first place?
So I challenge all of you, right now, to start at this minute on being a better you. Look at your watch, write down the date and time and post it on your computer or mirror. Look at it every day to remind yourself that you have begun. If you fail, or transgress do not be alarmed: you may be lucky enough to have another tomorrow to start new again. Take the previous sticky pad down and put up the new date and time. Then sit down and think of a goal, maybe a 5k or your first triathlon. Now think of a date, and write it down on another sticky note and put it on the refrigerator, the mirror, the computer or even write it on the back of your hand every day.
And every day you are alive in this world you are given a new chance at life and a chance to make it better.
Fitness is just the beginning to a happier healthier life. You will have more sex, sleep more soundly and generally feel better about yourself. So what is the major obstacle from starting?
Fear of change and fear of pain.
First, remember that you have to start slow in the beginning. If you have not trained in awhile stick to something like walking everyday for 7 days for 30 min at a time. Then you gradually add a resistance exercise like body weight squats and pushups. You can even grab a pair of boxing gloves, fill up a large bag with sand and punch it, pick it up and throw it down, chop wood or swing a hammer at a tire. Flip the same tire.
Get a head start on a new year to a new you right now. Stop procrastinating. Don’t live with the regret of never finishing something that you start, because it will eat at you every day for the rest of your life. Quietly at first, but you know it’s there. It doesn’t take long until it’s screaming at you in your sleep.