According to research 80% of people that sign up to a gym as part of their new years resolution have quit by the second week of February. The momentum of their resolutions loses steam and it’s not difficult to see why. The most common reason for a gradual decline in impetus comes from us having taken an over aggresive and unrealistic approach for the New Year and after a few quick weeks of hard work, they’re less than thrilled with the results. But Rome wasn't built in a day so it’s time to get back on track!
So you had a night out and it ended with a kebab at 3am…big deal, or you missed a couple of days because you were feeling tired…so what? Don’t let a day or week off affect the bigger picture and put a stop to your fitness targetss. Nobody is perfect and the key to any success is not perfection…but rather persistence. Everyone gets knocked down once in awhile…to be victorious you need to be one of the ones that get's back up!
Improvements and fitness gains are not achieved through a single workout they come from repitition. So let’s say that you did push-ups and crunches every morning for a week and then quit. That’s 7 days of calisthenics. Now let’s say that you start back with something a bit more manageable, like push-ups and crunches 3-4 days per week. That’s over 180 days of calisthenics if you can re-start and keep it going through the end of the year! Most resolutions fail because we are too aggressive and leave no margin for error. When a day is missed or we take a needed rest, we quit out of self-disgust and frustration. Don’t give up so easily!
The message is simple... Don’t give up. Your health and fitness goals are too important to you, so get back up and try again! If you’re still going strong - good for you and keep it up! – you’re gaining momentum. There are plenty of workouts between us and our summertime goals. Each day is an opportunity that can take us one step closer to where we want to be. It’s February 8th... 80% will give up in the next 7 days…don’t be one of them!