Posted by: trainer
on Jan 04, 2011
Make 2011 the year you achieve your wellness goals
Among those of us who work in the health-fitness industry it is no secret that January brings new members out of the woodwork. Here in New England the ranks are swelled by outdoor enthusiasts finally forced indoors as the ice and cold take hold. We also see members who had a good routine going up until Thanksgiving when the crush of the holiday season and the short, dark days wreaked havoc on their discipline. And then there are the true January Joiners—those hopeful souls who have, once again, resolved to become more fit in the new year.
If you are a January Joiner—welcome! As the Taoist proverb says, “The longest journey begins with a single step.” Congratulations on taking the first step towards improving your health and fitness. If you’ve tried to get fit before you may be haunted by the ghost of January past. Don’t let his rattling chains undermine your resolve. Just place one foot after the other and soon you will find yourself walking the wellness path. Here are some tips to guide you on your journey:
Take baby steps. A psychotherapist recently told me that when she recommends an exercise program to her clients, the first step she gives them is to drive to the gym. They don’t even need to go in the door! After a few trips she encourages them to pack a gym bag and have it in the car, just in case they feel like going in. Tiny steps are the building blocks of enormous change. What baby step will you take today?