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New Year Fitness Resolutions – Why Do Many Fitness Resolutions Fall Short?

December 12, 2013 by NCSF 0 comments

In early-mid December fitness enthusiasts start to succumb to the holiday season and those fully committed to training year-round find they have a little extra room in most fitness facilities. Many less-adherent people find themselves busy with the Holidays and unable to stick to their normal exercise regimens with the thoughts of “I’ll really get serious after the holidays”. Then January comes along…. and gyms once again quickly fill up with masses of people having followed through with the first step of their New Year’s resolution. According to a study in the Journal of Clinical Psychology top resolutions include weight loss, exercise, stopping smoking, better money management and debt reduction. Unfortunately for the masses these exciting resolutions seem to lose their steam as major drop off occurs at 5 weeks, 12 weeks, and the rest by 6 months. This pattern seems to replicate itself year, after year, after year… So why do people often start with great intentions, but then fall short when it comes down to sticking with their fitness goals? According to experts, it comes down to a few psychological and logistical challenges inherent to human nature – challenges that can be effectively overcome if properly understood and managed.

Here are a few things to consider while trying to help keep new clients in the gym after the initial excitement of New Year’s resolutions begins to fizzle:

There Needs to Be a Tangible Game Plan

Setting Unrealistic Goals Creates Major Psychological Hurdles

Goals must be Clear, Quantifiable, and Attainable

One must Attain the Tools Needed for Success

Establishing a Support System and Positive Motivators

The Focus must be on Behavioral Change

Much like any plan for goal attainment the activities must be comprehensive in nature. Addressing only a single aspect will dramatically reduce the likelihood of success. When all of the pieces of the puzzle come together the outcome is complete and predictable. Identifying the negatives that create obstacles and barriers is just as important as identifying the positive actions. A balanced effort to reduce negatives and add positives should be a big part of the goal.


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