Everyone wants to get fit for the New Year. But why do so many people end up making this same resolution year after year? Because they keep doing the same thing and expecting a different result. This year, why not use January 1st as an opportunity to “break up” with your gym!
The New Year is a perfect time to ditch what’s likely a dead-end relationship with your gym. Here’s why:
- Traditional gyms are overcrowded in January, February and March. That means waiting for machines, crowded locker rooms, packed classes, and lack of parking, to name just a few.
- Commercial gyms are not invested in your success. In fact, they count on people not showing up – because if every member actually came to work out, there wouldn’t be enough room!
- Going back to the same old gym means going back to the same old routine – the one that hasn’t worked in the past and isn’t likely to work in the future.
Instead of locking yourself into a relationship that doesn’t work for you, it’s time to play the field.
Try different types of fitness routines, in different venues, to see what else is out there. Check out the many boutique fitness franchises to see if one of them appeals to you, whether it’s HIIT training, spinning, strength training, barre, or yoga.
Explore some activities you’ve been curious about. Bootcamps, kickboxing, aerial yoga, learning to run, martial arts, even pole dancing – the sky’s the limit these days. It’s those activities that actually get you out of your comfort zone that will have the most value to you.
Here are three steps to make a clean break from your gym:
#1 Don’t try to stay friends.
#2 Let them know, “it’s not me, it’s you.”
#3 Focus on YOU!
To really invest in yourself this New Year, work with an independent personal trainer or coach in a sport you want to explore – such as running, cycling, triathlon, or strength training. A personal trainer/coach can get you on the right track so you’ll see progress and actually achieve your goals – and make them stick this time around!
Laurie Kelly, CPT, CES, is a Road Runners Clubs of America Certified Run Coach. She is also Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist accredited by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Based in Denver, Colorado, Laurie works with clients one-on-one at their location to help them live healthy and active lives, and achieve their unique fitness goals. Contact her here or follow her blog at www.dragonfly-fitness.com.