My goal for 2016 is to get healthier and be able to do laundry on my washboard abs!
As the new year approaches and people start shooting around ideas as to what one of their resolutions for 2016 will be, a common one shared by most is to ‘exercise more’. To work on their health and/or just start looking better.
I always find it amusing how first week of January, my gym is packed. Every machine is filled basically any hour of the day, a whole new crowd with fellow gym-regulars blending in. The madness generally lasts till no later than January 14th, with a few remaining stragglers sometimes making it to the last week of January. Come February, the gym is generally back to its pre-‘new healthy, happy me’ days.
Why is this phenomenon such a constant thing, on repeat basically year by year? Why is it difficult for so many people to work at least a bit of exercise, nothing too intense, into their schedules on a somewhat regular basis?
Excuses. They come in every form imaginable. Too cold, too rainy. Every day that was decided as the day to head to the gym comes around and ends up being one of those days that were meant to be spent watching Netflix from bed.
It truly boggles my mind how so many people go to such lengths to avoid what I cannot advocate enough. Working out is like a godsend, in my opinion. Aches and pains keeping you from the gym? Take it easy, but nothing will make your aches and pains worse than a sedentary lifestyle camped in front of the television, granted that you’re dealing with relatively minor discomfort, nothing like a serious issue with your hips, back, etc..
If your aim is to get in better shape; you’ll either get results, or excuses. Choose one.
There are several ways you can work exercise into your daily routine without having to dedicate hours per week. Do you drive to work? Try taking transit for some days of the week which will require you to walk to the bus stop, from the bus stop to work, and just in general be moving more than you would if you were to drive. If you don’t work or go to school too far, cycling is a great alternative as well.
Start going for walks or a local pilates/yoga place with a friend on a set day of the week. You guys can motivate each other not to slack, plus combine some social time with working out so it’s like two birds with one stone.
Buy a month-pass at your local gym. They’re usually pretty pricy so you can calculate how many times you’d have to gym it to break even by comparing the month-pass price with the drop-in fee. Excuses will be far fewer when you realize that staying in to watch that movie will cost you at least $5 in losses from your month-pass.