Resolve To Make a Lifestyle Change in 2018!
By : Mandy Erickson
Published December 31, 2017
Resolve to make a lifestyle change in 2018
There’s something ominous about the phrase New Year’s Resolution, isn’t there?
How many long term, sustainable changes in your life have started with a New Year’s resolution? Probably not many, if any, right?
More often than not, New Year’s resolutions backfire come February or March. Often it’s because they’re short-term in nature—things like 30 days without booze or sugar—so on February 1st you shamelessly get your booze or sugar-high back on without regret.
Other times, it’s because they’re too narrow in their focus: Things like committing to going to the gym three days a week, or not eating chocolate for two months. Problem is going to the gym three days a week all the while continuing to eat like crap won’t bring you success. Neither will cutting out chocolate but continuing to be lazy and replace chocolate with ice cream.
While I don’t like the idea of a “New Year’s Resolution,” per se, what I do like is the idea of a new year being a chance to come up with a real plan of attack for gradual, all-encompassing, lasting health changes.
If you’re going to do this, though, you need to be willing to adopt a three-pronged approach to change that includes FITNESS, NUTRITION and LIFESTYLE.
If you’re not sure where to begin, look no further. Our coaches revel in helping motivated people make health transformations that go just beyond getting stronger and improving their endurance in the gym. We’re looking for people who want to get more fit, make positive diet changes, and transform their lifestyles in the process.
First of all, it’s important to figure out WHY. Why do you want to get fit. Before you contact us, take the time to dig really deep as to your why. If your answer to the WHY question is weight loss, then dig deeper: WHY do you want to lose weight? Why do you want to get strong? What is the real, raw, vulnerable impetus behind your motivation to work on your fitness? Be real. Be vulnerable. That’s what’s going to allow for true change.
Once you’re able to let your guard down and understand what’s really driving you, then you’ll work together with a coach to come up with a health, fitness, nutrition, lifestyle plan that’s right for you.
- It will start with one-on-one personal training sessions. Your coach will assess where you’re at physically, address your health and injury history and get you moving in the direction of improved mobility, strength, endurance, speed, power etc… Once you’re competent physically, you’ll be able to attend group classes in conjunction with personal training sessions with your coach. Having a coach in your corner to keep you accountable is what’s going to prevent you from falling off the wagon like you have other times you’ve made New Year's resolutions.
- Diet, diet diet: Your coach will get you logging what you’re eating and will educate you about the best way to fuel your body. He/she will look into your gut health and address ways to fix it if it’s something that’s preventing you from, for example, losing weight. And most importantly, your coach will be there to support you every step of the way, as we know that diet changes are WAY harder to make than getting you to walk through the doors three days a week.
- Lifestyle: Your coach will take a look (if you’re open to it) at what else is going on in your life. Is there something funky with your sleep these days? Your mood? Your job? Your relationship? Although we all started out interested in the fitness aspect of overall health, we also realize we can’t look at fitness in a vacuum. It’s part of a bigger picture of life, and for you to truly achieve the results you want, everything in your life needs to be in order. I hate the word life coach, but that’s kind of what we do: We help you get better at life!
2018: The year you started taking care of you! (Sounds pretty good, right?)