Are you one of the many people worldwide who made some heavy-duty health and fitness resolutions for 2011, wondering if you'll stick to them or quit before you even get started? As a group fitness instructor, I know firsthand how tough it is for people to develop great habits: each and every year, my class numbers see a huge spike right after January 1st, but by mid-February, everything is back to "normal". I can practically set my watch to this phenomenon.
If you want to break the mold this year and stick with your new workout plan, I've got a tip that is close to a guarantee you'll be successful as it possibly could be: find an activity that you really, really enjoy. I know what you're thinking: Duh, that's just common sense! Not really. The truth is, many people make themselves do forms of exercise that they despise because it's convenient/low cost/their friends do it, and not because they enjoy it. Following that plan is a sure way to fail in your goals.
Last summer, I decided to train for the BlogHer 5K in New York City with my friend Michelle. I have always Hated running (with a capital H) but I thought I could learn to like it if I worked at it. In the end, though I followed through with my training and I did run the 5K (my first...and probably last), I haven't gone running since.
On the other hand, in the fall I attended a fitness conference and tried a Zumba class for the first time. I haven't felt so happy while trying a new form of exercise in ages, and I've said a hundred times since then that Zumba has changed my life. I returned home from the conference, immediately found an instructor who teaches near my home, and have attended class twice per week consistently, loving every minute of it.
I always tell people who claim to hate exercise that they just haven't found the right workout yet. Think outside the box (and the gym); there are many activities out there: snowshoeing, boxing, walking, dancing, dodgeball, tennis, cycling, skiing...the list goes on and on. What's important is that you find an activity that incorporates your personality and how you like to move, and once you do that, you might find your life forever changed, just like I did!
Happy New Year!
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