At the beginning of each new year, there is traditionally an influx of new gym-goers and people looking to transition into a more active lifestyle. Ask ten people about their New Year’s resolution and you’ll hear similar themes from almost all of them: they’re going to start eating better, exercising more, losing weight, and finally using those dumbbells that have been collecting dust in the corner. Every January, gym parking lots become crowded and by every March, the spaces are back open again. So, what is the difference between the dreamers and the doers? Why is there a disparity between the New Year’s resolution and actually becoming fit? And most importantly, how can you make sure that you don’t end up as one more empty parking space?
There are three main ideas to keep in mind as 2017 (and your new, improved self) approaches.
Starting (or re-starting) a fitness routine is a great idea – it really is – but longevity is the key to creating a lifestyle change instead of an empty resolution. In order to embark on a journey that you won’t feel like quitting after several weeks or months, you need to enjoy the process. If it feels like a chore, it’s much easier to rationalize skipping a day. Maybe you didn’t get your usual amount of sleep, or the pile of dishes in the sink is growing, or there’s a Harry Potter movie marathon on TV that evening. Then, one day snowballs into 3 or 9 or a cancelled membership. Fitness should be fun, and if you enjoy the process then maintaining consistency becomes far less challenging. Luckily, CrossFit makes it incredibly easy to work out and have a good time, too. The movements are constantly varied, the progress is measurable, and each class takes one hour. That’s 60 minutes out of an entire day that allows you to stretch, sweat, and improve alongside a community of people who are constantly rooting for you to succeed – all in less time than one Harry Potter movie.
Sometimes, the best motivator is another person. Or a lot of people. And actually, it’s most of the time. What if every time you worked out, you got a high five at the end? What if every time you stopped to catch your breath, someone shouted something encouraging? Having a support system of like-minded people both contributes to the fun of CrossFit workouts and also sustains you through the tougher days. The difference between CrossFit and many other gyms is that we experience the workouts together – the struggles and the gains – and as a result, we bond and invest in each other’s successes. So, in 2017, participate in your classes. Become involved in your gym. Attend the monthly get-togethers and field trips, and get to know the people around you. Making the most of the community is an important part of transforming your resolution into a long-term habit. In fact, try making a difference for someone else, too. Be that person who gives out a high five when the timer hits 0:00 at the end. Everyone needs a boost sometimes.
As close-knit and impactful as the CrossFit community can be, no one else can do this for you. Being “fit” is a trifecta of exercise, diet, and mindset. If you attend classes, surround yourself with positive influences, and are determined to succeed, then you will. Write down your goals – preferably someplace you will see them often. Create a Pinterest board or post an inspirational quote on your mirror, refrigerator, or computer monitor. Visit our Goals board on the right side of the gym and see what other members are hoping to accomplish this year. The most important thing you can do to ensure that your resolution becomes a reality is to work – really, really hard. As the results start to show (and they will), use the motivation of that 10 lb. PR or that smaller dress size to propel yourself forward to the next celebratory moment. Not only are you accomplishing your goals, you’re doing it long-term and with a box full of friends.
“It doesn’t matter how this looks to other people. If this is something you gotta do, then you do it. Fighters fight.”
– Rocky Balboa
Blog post written by Courtney Dodson