By Mary Simms
If you’ve ever had the good fortune to experience one of the motion-filled, energetic and FUN dance, Barre, fusion or Yoga classes at BARREbeat Fitness , then you already know it’s WHERE THE CHANGE HAPPENS!
Many of us struggle — especially at this time of year — with HOW to successfully make the change we want to see happen. With the new year ahead of us, everyone seems to be embracing the idea of change, setting aspirations to replace not-so-great (and
sometimes downright bad) habits with healthy ones. For some ambitious goal setters out there, it’s not enough that January brings with it a
new start. Some begin making resolution-style changes in October, celebrating the #Last90days Challenge and wrapping up the new year with intention and vision. For others, even the term “resolution,” strikes angst, anxiety, and sometimes — let’s face it— disgust.
No matter where you stand, the momentum of the new year can provide crucial opportunities to help you review and evaluate your vision and purpose, driving you to take the steps you need to become the best version of yourself.
To make 2019 your best year yet, here are five simple principles to help you stay on track with your health and fitness goals.
5 Reasons Your New Year’s Resolutions Will Fail
(Psst…Hint: Make These Simple Changes And They Won’t!)
1) You Take on Too Much
It’s excellent to be ambitious and have a big vision. Maybe you want to lose 40 pounds, lower your stress, anxiety, blood pressure, or cholesterol. Maybe you want to get better sleep. But if you set out with an enormous goal to get from where you are to where you want to be, you may be setting yourself up for failure. There’s an old saying: “How do you eat an elephant?” The answer: “One bite at a time.” Recognize and write down your big picture vision, but be sure to break it up into the smaller tactics that will eventually get you there, celebrating small milestones along the way. The end results will show for themselves. For instance, if you’re only focused on losing pounds, you might get discouraged
and give up when the scale isn’t moving quickly enough. But if your goal is simple and strategic, like attending 1-2 BARREbeat classes per week, you’ll feel great about the progress you’re making after each class — and you can celebrate the win of keeping your promise to yourself each week by maintaining and improving your fitness. Taking part in this month’s BARREbeat Challenge is a great way to jumpstart your success with small, manageable milestone goals.
2) You Hate Working Out
January is notorious for starting with jam packed gyms that trickle to ghost towns after a few months roll around. I get it — you hate working out! I’ve been guilty myself of starting strong with a gym routine that eventually leads nowhere because I think the gym is BORING! As well-intentioned as I’ve been in the past, if I start a fitness program I don’t truly enjoy, the likelihood I’ll actually stick with it is slim. Maybe — just maybe, you haven’t found the right workout for you. This is what I LOVE about BARREbeat. They’ve got such a wide variety of classes that even if Yoga isn’t your jam everyday, you can dance your heart out to Beyonce, or let your inner ballerina fly with Barre.
3) You Plan to Fail
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. It’s essential to set aside a dedicated time at the start of each week to designate and register for classes. Pick a day of the week, like Sunday, and use the BARREbeat App to create your plan for the next several days. It’s a great way to quickly calendar and commit to the kind of self-care that will help you reach your health and fitness goals. Plus, childcare is available — so it’s a win-win!
4) You’re Wasting Too Much Time
Our bodies aren’t meant to sit in front of a screen all day. But between smartphones, laptops, TVs, personal and work time, it’s estimated that Americans spend up to 10 hours in front of a screen each day, sometimes even more. Maybe it’s for work, or maybe it’s research — or even relaxation. Not all screen time is evil, but if your excuse for not reaching your fitness goals is that you don’t have enough time…it might be time for a screen time audit. Mostly likely, there’s at least an hour or so of screen time you could easily replace with a fun and energizing workout. (And again — if you need it — one of the best perks of BARREbeat Fitness is that childcare is available!)
5) No One Cares
Ok, this one actually isn’t true. Everyone who knows and loves you does care about your well-being — especially your health. But they’ll be polite and non-intrusive, unless you ask them NOT to be! Research suggests you’re far more likely to achieve your goals if you share them with someone. Keeping your goal to workout regularly with yourself makes it easy to quit when falling back into old habits seems easy and comfortable. Instead, select an accountability partner who can either work out with, or just keep in contact with to share honestly if you did or didn’t keep your keep your promise to yourself to exercise this week. Finding someone else to help keep you on track can provide the motivation you want and need to keep going. Finding your groove might be the best thing you can do to make 2019 the year you finally achieve your fitness goals.