Don’t you love a New Year? Our hearts fill up with hope and we start envisioning how the year is going to look like. We get in touch with our dreams again and say: “It’s time to give it one more try”.
Does that sound like something you would say? I have certainly experienced that several times. There is nothing wrong with that. However, to get something you never had, you must do something you never done. Doing exactly the same thing you did last time is not going to cut it. You need a fresh start.
If you are not an active person and seem to have trouble sticking to any exercise regimen, try changing the way you perceive exercise. You see, exercise should not be seen as a chore but an activity you spontaneously do FOR yourself (not to yourself). The goal is to find enjoyment rather then focusing solely on a desired outcome.
Keep in mind that results (no matter what your goals are) come from small efforts consistently repeated over time. The keyword here is CONSISTENTLY. That means that if you really want to get where you want to be you must be able to stick to a plan. Truth be told, you will be more likely to be consistent if the activity you choose to practice brings you joy, excitement, and a sense of accomplishment.
Since everyone is different, you may have to tap into different activities until you can find something that resonates with you. To help you find what works for you, try exploring the following possibilities:
- Look for an activity that builds new skills. Activities that challenge your coordination, balance, and agility (boxing, for example) also require cognitive engagement. You will be focused on learning the new skill and will be less likely to be perceived it as repetitive and boring.
- Push your limits. If you have already tried a few modalities and tend to get bored with workout routines, this one is for you. How about joining a bootcamp or a crossfit class? Those type classes are usually great at pushing you to do things you didn’t even think were possible (100 push ups, anyone).
- Practice and reinforce your strengths. It feels really great to be good at something. So good, we usually are drawn to those activities. Therefore, find an exercise modality (sports are usually good) that feels easy to you and strive to master it by practicing on regular basis. You may even consider getting the help of a coach to get you to the next level.
Whatever you choose, try being present (mind and body) during the activity. You want to find a state of flow. That feeling that you are so engaged in the activity that you don’t feel time pass.
Good Luck. May 2018 be your fittest year yet.