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By Steve Sharpton, Parsons Training Center, Tucson, Arizona
January 1, 2018
As gym managers and owners smack their lips and put the down payments on their new vehicles due to the glut of new gym memberships that will be rolling in, just remember a few things about the upcoming New Year. Resolutions mean nothing. But they also mean everything. Okay, this is kind of confusing to say the least, for you now have quite a few people going out and about and stating that you should not have a resolution, yet have a goal. It’s subtle difference when you think about it, for the basic meaning of resolution is “the action of solving a problem, dispute, or contentious matter.” In this case, the problem is poor health and establishing a new routine to battle that situation. It’s the kind of mentality I have to approach at work, where I work to resolve each individual situation I have to deal with, even if the majority of the times consumer ignorance. The ultimate goal is seems at work is to not get bad surveys…which could ultimately make work a pain in the keister. This is where you go into the literal meaning of the word goal. “The object of a person's ambition or effort; an aim or desired result” as Webster’s dictionary states. Pretty simple to say the least, and ultimately the goal is something better than what we have right now. So there is where the semantic portion of the article begins? Should you resolve to do better this year or should you set a specific goal to do better this year?
Right now, there is a new trend to start this year where people are somewhat ditching the resolutions. You have probably seen the memes, where relatively healthy looking people are holding signs that mark out a part of the sign saying “In 2018…” and leave the rest for the board. I look at it this way, for it is a nice idea but it can also be a disastrous one. I only speak from personal experience from this one, so my point of view is skewed. When you have a general statement like “I will eat better” to focus on, that is a good way to get yourself started. I remember when I first started going to Parsons Training, establishing a mantra of “just get healthier.” Well, I kinda met that goal fairly quickly, where I dropped 100 pounds and definitely improved my health. Needless to say, that sort of thinking is wonderful when you get yourself off the ground, but ultimately you will have to ratchet the intensity up and come up with a goal. This is why I have no issue with people that say “I wanna lose 20 pounds this year” or state they want to hit the gym at least three times a week. Whether you tackle the fine line of a resolution or a specific goal, it doesn’t really matter. The key of course is to make that all happen.
Now this is where you need to make some adjustments to the plans that you are trying to establish, and this too is a semantic trigger which needs to be utilized. When setting up that goal for the upcoming year, I would suggest you use January (and possibly February) as the buffer zone for your fitness regimen. Since a lot of gyms are going to be stuffed with random people, establishing the fitness regimen (and the eating regimen, cannot forget that as well) is essential. Getting used to the idea of fitness and change is extremely important in the process and thus giving yourself that little extra time to get the job started is a good way to to start your new year. Now some people can go balls to the wall and go full throttle from the outset without any issues. Those individuals are the exception to the rule, so don’t fall into that same trap I fell into when I sat on my couch and manipulated myself that the change would be a simple process. Now here is the next step…what kind of goal should you set?
Well, that is the tough question you need to ask yourself everyday during your fitness journey. Lately I have fallen into a bit of a funk and kind of forgot what I really wanted out of my fitness. So once again I have to start with something simple, much like a restart. Just be consistent again. Much like a lot of other people, I lost some of my habits this month due to family obligations and also due to work obligations. Fatigue was a regular thing, and oddly enough dehydration was hitting me quite a bit (you got that right, I have not been drinking enough water…so stay hydrated during the winter!!). So for me it will be a simple restart, which is something simple and achievable. Once I get pas that portion of the equation, it will be back to preset goals. It will not be easy so to speak, but on the other hand nothing ever is.
Now here is the final and most important thing you need to remember when honing in on your New Year’s Resolution/Goal for the upcoming fitness year. It will not come quick. You will not lose 50 pounds in one month. You will not shave a minute off your per-mile time in a couple months. You cannot start a running regimen from scratch and then try to run a marathon a few months later. You will need to have reasonable outcomes along with your reasonable goals, because if you fail badly at something, it might deter you from going forward. Start simple my friends and build. Hopefully you all have a great new year!
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Steve, a Parsons Training Client, went from 400 pounds to Running half-marathons, from lifting pizzas to lifting hundreds of pounds through training with us.