Your 2019 New Year Resolution Tips: Tip # 1

A few years ago, I was asked by the Marketing Manager of Health and Fitness site top.me, to suggest just one key fitness resolution for the New Year. I recall thinking at the time that it would be difficult to put all of my tips and ideas into one small basket. I still think it’s a difficult assignment, however looking back at what I wrote I’d probably write the same or something similar today; check it out below:

  • If I were to suggest just one fitness resolution for the New Year, it would have to be one with a two-fold approach. It sounds a bit like a cliche, but I’d first recommend visualizing what your lifestyle would look like if you were in the best shape of your life. What would it take to achieve that lifestyle, and considering all the influencing variables, then ask yourself if such a lifestyle were really possible? If not, go back to the drawing board and paint another picture, the “next best” scenario. That’s part one!

 

  • Second, take another look at the picture you’ve just painted and if “getting there” requires setting the same goals that you traditionally set yourself every year, then maybe you need to get even more honest with yourself and ask if that’s really what you want. Because if you’re going to simply go through the motions of setting the same old goals, knowing that next year brings with it another opportunity to “try again,” you’ve already lost the battle.

Get real and honest with yourself, because once you have decided what you most care about, you’ll stop sabotaging your goal efforts and start taking small, intentional steps that each day, move you a little closer to your desired lifestyle.

 

Don’t Say It’s Genetic

Let me preface this post by saying that it is not a bragging post! It’s a post intended to inspire fitness goals by encouraging what I believe is the key component to any successful training plan, and that is, consistency!

I got to thinking about the idea of this post several weeks ago, when my work colleagues and I had gathered together for a lunchtime meeting (for those of you who don’t know, I work at a fitness centre that specializes in Supervised High Intensity Strength Training). Our employer, who led the meeting, was about to point out that some individuals – and he looked in the direction of one of our team members – are blessed when it comes to body composition and how they respond to resistance training. But before he could get the words out, my colleague – the one who had been singled out – was quick to interrupt with the following words, “DON”T say it’s genetic!”

This co-worker of mine is undeniably shredded; he looks amazing, and is in way better shape than most other guys. He was quick to respond because he objected to what he assumed was about to be insinuated. And I can hardly blame him. As a woman who is unusually lean and toned – when compared to other Gen-X’ers – I am frequently told how genetically lucky I am to be able to skate through my mid-life years without gaining too much fat or losing too much muscle mass.

Here’s the thing; while it’s most probable that some individuals are ‘hyper-responders” who tend to see their exercise efforts pay off a little quicker than others, the end result  ultimately goes back to hard work and consistency. Someone I know – whose training disciplines I really admire – sometimes challenges me when he knows I’m physically holding back; he’ll jokingly say, “Those muscles aren’t painted on!” While said in jest, he also means it quite literally. He knows my lifestyle, and the daily habits that I rarely deviate from. My co-worker too, is solid in his everyday commitment to living his life in a way that produces specific and intentional outcomes.

So whether you’re a hyper-responder or not is completely irrelevant, because anyone is capable of getting rid of fat and improving muscle tone…… regardless of age, size, or genetic ability. Granted it may take a little longer for some, but change is inevitable when CONSISTENCY is the core driving factor behind any training and nutrition plan!

Early morning PT session with my favourite instructor, Sarah Colebrook