The bright shine of newness has already dimmed from the new year. A future of unlimited possibilities has, in most cases, been replaced by reality. So, how are your resolutions coming along?
If you're like most people, you vowed to make improvements to your physical self. It's the most common New Year's resolution, which is why gyms are so crowded in January. But by February and March, crowds have dwindled. Are you already starting to skip some of the workouts you promised yourself you would do?
If so, examine your reasons. It's natural to lose some enthusiasm after the first few weeks of more intense physical training, but a lot of folks fool themselves by inventing what they believe are reasons for not being able keep up their resolve. Here's one: "It's been a hard week at work." What made it harder than any other week? Can you think of specific details? If not, it may be just an excuse.
Here's another common reason: "I don't have time." The reality: you have all the time there is. You need to schedule that time to make room for what you resolved to do. Maybe a different workout time will be more comfortable. Perhaps you're too full after you eat dinner, so scheduling your workout before dinner is a better plan.
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Here is a source of skipping workouts that is actually a reason and not an excuse: "I'm tired." Of course you're tired! Your body is not yet accustomed to the change you are trying to make. It often takes longer than just two months for your muscles to increase in energy enough to make it less tiring. It's just so much easier to let it go. But if you force yourself to keep going now, you will be grateful to yourself by summer.
Even if your New Year's resolution was something different than improving your body or losing weight, it will still take an everyday effort, a constant push, to accomplish your goal. Perhaps you vowed to spend less time surfing the internet. But just saying to yourself, or even writing down a resolution, will rarely work for very long. It's necessary to have a plan that will help you keep your intention.
For example, it's hard to stop exploring online if you spend a lot of time doing it on a daily basis. A plan that often works is to establish a time period to spend on your computer, and use an old-fashioned alarm clock to regulate that time, whether it's an hour or two hours a day. A loud and annoying buzzer going off will help you be aware of how much time you may be wasting. Meanwhile, plan what you will do with the time you're no longer wasting – perhaps you might make an important home improvement or attend a community college class.
If you can push through the urge to neglect your New Year's resolution, you will accomplish two things: you will build your self-discipline. But the biggest benefit is, you will also build your self-esteem because you kept your resolution.
Wina Sturgeon is the editor of the online magazine Adventure Sports Weekly , which offers the latest training, diet and athletic information.