January and gyms seem to go hand-in-hand. Certainly its the gym owner’s favourite month. After all, something like 80% of people who sign up stop going within two weeks, and that number gets even bigger if we look into February. Indeed, gym’s have become somewhat notorious for this, as they advertise heavily at this time of year, using fitness models with amazing bodies, all to entice everyone with a New Year’s resolution to walk in and sign a contract.
It’s almost sickening, isn’t it? People want to make themselves better, healthier, happier. So many people have dreams for the New Year, hoping that this the year everything changes for the better. Gyms prey on these people, essentially taking their money for nothing. They know most people will give up within a few weeks, so they get paid for months while giving almost nothing. It’s a calculated strategy, and frankly the whole fitness industry should be ashamed of itself.
There’s a very good chance this fitness model never touched a bowflex before that photo shoot.
This year, I figured I’d change that. Since I easily handled three goals last year, I’ll set more this year. Indeed, I’ll go into greater detail, completely outlining my expectations and my plan of attack. At this time next year, there will be no mystery about whether I achieved or failed these goals. I also think writing them down in detail is both more motivating and lets me plan it out better, as opposed to just “let’s hope and pray it works.”
Today the world says goodbye to 2015, but before we do that, it’s always beneficial to look back at where we came from. At the beginning of the year I had three main goals involving my flexibility, my chess and my writing. I had some ups and downs, but mostly ups, and I can end the year feeling pretty good about my efforts. I also went through some interesting personal developments.
2015 is nearly over. In two short weeks we will be saying goodbye to this year and hello to the next. This time of year is usually associated with two things, staying up until midnight and failing New Year’s resolutions. The statistics say that something like 50% of all resolutions are broken by Jan 2 and 95% by Jan 11.
Even that ‘first week’ part is pretty generous.
That’s a shame. I support New Year’s resolutions. Heck, I started this blog as a New Year’s resolution. Many people, though, see the above statistics and think ‘why bother?’ If they aren’t going to work, what’s the point? The point, of course, is you trying to improve your life. If you don’t try, you will never change. If you are living the perfect life of your dreams, I suppose that’s not a bad thing. For most of us who aren’t, though, resolutions give us a chance to inch closer to such a life.
The problem isn’t with the resolutions per se, it’s the way we try to make them work. Continue reading →
Having a birthday in late March gives me a unique advantage. Many people set New Year’s resolutions and promptly abandon them. I try to stay true until my birthday, which is a full quarter of the calendar year. I can then see what has been working, what hasn’t and what needs tweaking. My birthday essentially serves as a resolution renewal, if you will. Continue reading →
Every January 1st, people the world over make resolutions. Lose weight, get in shape, give up a bad habit, the list goes on. Unfortunately, though these intentions are noble, they frequently falter by January 2nd. You need willpower if you hope to stick to one of these.
You can help your willpower. Telling friends and family can help, as it will create a support network when your motivation wanes. I am going one step further: I am telling everyone.
In short, I created a website to track my progress. I bought a domain and a hosting plan. I put money down on a one-year plan, so I have no choice but to be committed. If I get any visitors, they can push me and cheer me on as well.
I’m very new to all this. Creating a website isn’t as easy as I thought, but once I get things figured out, all my hopes, thoughts and dreams for 2015 will be on here, somewhere. Here’s hoping it’s a great year.