Overindulged at Christmas time?
Intending to change something about your life in 2017?
Instead of wallowing in self-pity or idly wishing that you could make some long-lasting lifestyle
changes, be proactive and join your local gym this January!
Of course, that’s the easy part, as evidenced by the unnatural swarms of people descending on gyms
which are nowhere near as thronged for the other 11 months of the year.
Indeed, a third of people who pledge to start a gym routine this month will fail to maintain it into
February, with so many ‘resolutionaries’ losing motivation, interest and self-belief without giving
it a proper chance.
“The key is to persist with a gym routine
for the first month; if you can manage that,
there’s a very strong chance that you’ll keep
it going throughout the year, or at least for
a few more months.”
This lack of patience is the main reason for gym attendance peaking in January before returning
to a more steady, sedate level for the rest of the year.
The key is to persist with a gym routine for the first month; if you can manage that, there’s a very
strong chance that you’ll keep it going throughout the year, or at least for a few more months.
Many people expect instant results when they start going to the gym, but muscle gain and weight
loss is not an overnight process, and it is illogical to believe otherwise.
If you can accept that it will take time for visual evidence of your efforts in the gym, that makes it
a lot easier to stick with the routine.
Also, there’s no point in doing exercises that you don’t enjoy, or else you’ll quickly lose interest and
stop going to the gym.
You should mix and match your exercises to avoid sessions from becoming stale and repetitive, but
focus only on workouts that you like.
Below you’ll see a great infographic from My Fitness Boutique which gives practical, honest tips on
taking up a gym routine in January and being able to maintain it beyond the end of the month.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, so don’t ditch the gym visits just because the first couple of sessions
Keep at it and the rewards will come – then you can show the less perseverant what could have been
if they had a bit more self-belief and motivation!