Stop Waiting: Why I’m Starting My Fitness Resolutions NOW

The New Year’s Resolution trap: why you should start now

As the year begins to wind down and we look ahead to the festive period, it’s easy to start thinking about our New Year’s Resolutions. Many people pledge to start a new fitness regimen on January 1 with the hope of getting healthier and happier. However, research shows that nine out of 10 people fail to keep up with these resolutions, with nearly half giving up by the end of January.

So why are we setting ourselves up for failure? The reality is that most people begin these goals with the wrong mindset and poor planning at the worst possible time. Instead, experts suggest starting your fitness resolutions early, possibly as early as December 1.

Starting a fitness routine during the holiday season might sound counterintuitive, but it actually makes a lot of sense. By establishing good habits early, it doesn’t feel like such a burden come January 1 when the days are still short and dark and the temptations of relaxation and overeating are high.

One way to establish these habits is by focusing on something as simple as taking 10,000 steps a day, which has immediate health and weight benefits, without the potential for injury or exhaustion often associated with intense workouts. The key is to start moving now, so by the time the new year arrives, it’s already a part of your routine.

Starting your fitness routine early also allows you to preemptively counterbalance any holiday feasting with exercise, making it easier to stay on track. It’s all about setting yourself up for success early on, rather than waiting for the New Year to roll around.

But it’s not just about setting goals – it’s about finding a routine that is enjoyable, varied, and sustainable. Whether it’s running, lifting weights, or swimming, finding a fitness regimen that you genuinely enjoy and that allows for variety is crucial to long-term success. Motivation is key, and setting measurable, attainable goals can help keep you on track.

So as we head into the festive season, consider starting your fitness resolutions early. By establishing good habits now and finding a varied routine that you enjoy, you’ll be well on your way to self-improvement before January 1 even arrives.

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