It’s a new year, and even though things are different during this crazy time, there’s one thing that has stayed the same. The “new year, new me” mentality plagues the world each and every January. However, it almost always falls through after a few weeks or months. So why are there so many failed new year’s resolutions? A drastic, overnight change in your fitness, diet, or yourself is almost guaranteed to fail. Let’s break down why this method so often doesn’t work, and how you can make actual changes this year to achieve your goals.
Why This Doesn’t Work
Have you noticed that after January, the gym gets significantly less busy? This is because everyone with these grand plans tends to fall off track after about a month. So why does this drop in motivation occur? For most people, these big, unattainable goals often create burnout before anyone can see results. After a few weeks, people get bored or discouraged from lack of results, and stop before they can ever see the results of their efforts. Even if there are results at the beginning, burnout prevents you from sticking with this new routine and often causes you to revert back to old ways. Our brains are not programmed to break or start new habits immediately, even if our conscious minds would like to be able to.
What is the Most Effective Way to Make a Change?
As tempting as it is to want to see immediate results, this is not the path to success. The best way to see change is small, consistent lifestyle changes. Instead of the unrealistic fad diets, commit to eating a healthy breakfast each morning. Instead of making a plan to go to the gym every single day, start with committing to 2-3 days per week. The more attainable the goal, the more likely you are to stick with it.
In fact, there’s actual scientific evidence that starting small is the best way to go. In one study, researchers found that in order to break a habit and start a new one, you must pick a small action that is easy to achieve for at least the first week. Then, build on this progress slowly and methodically.
How to Implement Consistent Lifestyle Changes
Hold yourself accountable! Creating a schedule in which you fit fitness or any other goals into your daily routine will help you to achieve them. If it’s locked into your schedule, then it’s harder to justify skipping a workout or 30 minutes of work. If a healthier diet is your goal, plan your meals and snacks at the beginning of the week, so you aren’t tempted to reach for something unhealthy. Using scheduling and planning is a great way to implement day-to-day change.
Create small goals. Goals are much more attainable when you break them down into smaller parts. Before you lift 200 pounds, you need to lift 20. Setting small goals, and setting dates you want to achieve them by will make a big difference in your motivation, as the large project in front of you will not seem as daunting. Hiring a personal trainer to help guide you toward your fitness goals is another great way to stay on task, motivated, and set realistic goals. Qualified and educated trainers can help their clients work toward their goals in a realistic and attainable way.
Personal Training School in Boston – Contact American Academy of Personal Training Boston
Are you looking to make a career change in 2021? American Academy of Personal Training Boston offers the most comprehensive, high-quality personal training school in the area. We will teach you how to be successful in all aspects of your personal training career, and encourage your clients to make sustainable lifestyle changes. Give us a call today at 617-267-2278 or fill out a contact form to get started.
Personal training is a fantastic career option that combines fitness, business, and helping others. However, the personal training education and certification market is saturated with different options that claim to offer the appropriate knowledge to be successful in this field.
Do Not “Fake it Until you Make it”.
I have heard this term used in so many different industries and I understand that it may be what needs to be done in some cases to be successful. I do not agree with this motto in the Health and Fitness industry. The reason being is because I know I would not be alright with a professional of any sort falsely informing me about my health or what is best for me.
AAPT Student spotlight
April Davison, 18 years old, currently enrolled in AAPTs September Day Class.
Why did you choose AAPT:
What is the saying? “Summer bodies are made in the winter” but what exactly does that mean?
A longtime client of mine recently asked me why I became a personal trainer. The question made me realize that the reasons I initially became a trainer are not the same reasons that I remain a personal trainer today.
You finally decided to join the millions of people who sign up for the gym each year. Let’s be honest about the motivation surrounding your decision to join. You either joined because you want to or because you have to. What’s the difference between the two?
What To Look For When Hiring A Personal Trainer
Flashback: It’s 9:53pm on a Thursday. There’s finally a more than 10-minute lull in my emails, and I try to sneak out of my office to go home for the day.