Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Here we go again, a few days away from the new year and here come all the health & fitness resolutions…again. “I want to lose weight”, I want to start exercising”, “ I want to join a gym”. Why and how do we keep setting ourselves up to fail? The why is simple, we think magically at 11:59 pm on December 31st our lives are going to change. All of a sudden our procrastination will go away, our eating habits will change and we will adapt a healthier lifestyle just because it’s a new year.

The how is what’s interesting. We set ourselves up to fail by setting goals we really don’t need or want. So what happens when you are trying to accomplish something you really don’t need or want; You are not going to work hard toward getting it. Now what is it that we are really looking for when we set these resolutions? Are we really in the pursuit of fitness or are we in the pursuit of happiness through fitness? “I believe the latter to be true” says Rafael Moret, President of The Miami Fitness Boot Camp.

How does this apply to Health & Fitness related New Year resolutions? Well is the house wife/stay-at-home mom really looking to lose 20 lbs. or does she just want to look sexier and feel better about herself? Will a 20 lbs loss do that for her, maybe…maybe not, but a little muscle tone and better posture will do wonders for her right away. Does the 40-50 year old corporate executive really need washboard abs or does he want to feel like physically, he can still compete with the younger guys and doesn’t need a new set of suits every year because he gained 10 lbs.

When you are setting goals for yourself think about what you really want. What kind of problem are you trying to solve? What kind of solution will bring you joy and happiness? If you are looking to make changes in your life, then you don’t need to wait till December 31st . Do them today, make changes right now! Give yourself a head start and if you are a procrastinator, “put off putting it off”. Forget that the New Year is coming, decide what you want to change and Change Now!

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