Can you believe it? January 2018 is almost over, that was fast. For all you New Year’s Resolution setters, this is a great time to check in with your progress. Listen, we all have conversations with ourselves about how we envision the new year to go. Perhaps your goal is to be more patient, to be more present, to laugh more, to vacation more or maybe it is to get to the gym more. One thing is guaranteed, if you are reading this post, you either go to the gym, want to go to the gym or go to the gym-ish. A New Year’s Resolution is a promise to yourself to START doing something good or STOP doing something bad on the first day of the year. Breaking or starting a new habit isn’t easy. You want to be sure you have a plan to set yourself up for success. More importantly, have a plan in the event you start going in the opposite direction you intend on. Here are three steps to creating a habit (the 3 R’s).
- Reminder (YOU must have a trigger that initiates the behavior)
- Routine (the behavior itself; the action YOU take)
- Reward (the benefit YOU gain from the behavior)
Did you notice that YOU is mentioned a lot? Let’s be honest, if anyone is going to make a difference in your New Year’s Resolution’s it will be YOU. For the sake of this conversation, the goal of getting to the gym more will be used as an example. After all, this is a Blog for a CrossFit gym (CrossFit LT is pretty awesome BTW – if you haven’t checked us out – you should). Okay, minor detour – sorry about that. Let’s talk about the gym and the benefits of getting to the gym. For starters, it is important for your cardiovascular health to exercise. Exercise is also proven to reduce stress and release endorphins (the feel good chemicals in your body). This is the one hour a day where you give yourself exactly what you deserve. One of our coaches (Kat) always says, this will be the hardest hour of your day, everything else after this will seem easy. It is so true! You will also have time to socialize with other people who have similar interests as you, this is important! The biggest reason of all is, confidence. You can do hard things. However, you will never actually believe you can until you starting putting yourself in a position to try. Here are some pointers for starting the wonderfully healthy, awesome and fun habit of getting to the gym.
- If you’re going in the morning, set your alarm and title your alarm something fun. (ie. time to get fit, my hour, I can do hard things…..the list could go on). This will serve as the reminder part of the 3 R’s.
- Set your clothes out the night before (if you’re going in the morning) or pack your gym bag the night before. This will do two things for you. The first, making it easy to get to the gym is going to be key to your success. Second, you will feel, or should feel guilty seeing your clothes laid out or your bag packed if you didn’t get your butt to the gym.
- Start small. Perhaps your goal is to get to the gym 3 days a week – then build up from there!
- Lean on the other people in the gym. Have someone who attends the classes that you do hold you accountable! Often times, it is easier to pass up our goal if no one else knows about it.
- Go at the same time and day. This will help with the routine part of the 3 R’s. Humans are creatures of habit! Use it to your advantage.
- REWARD yourself! Seriously, this is important! It could be something as simple as a new pair of workout shoes, those Lululemon pants you have been eyeing or maybe an activity you enjoy.
- Celebrate your successes and be kind to yourself! You are not perfect and you will miss days that you intend on going. Use those moments as leverage when you try to talk yourself out of getting to the gym.
- Check in with your progress and be honest with yourself. If you’re not where you want to be, make some adjustments and get there!
- Also, no one has ever said, “Man, I really wish I didn’t go to the gym today”. You will feel better, more confident, and more in control by crushing your goals!
One thing is for sure, we are here to support you! Good luck!!!