Why New Year’s Resolutions are difficult to maintain from Kyle Bergman, Director of Youth Programs at SSC
Staying motivated to workout week after week is a challenge for everyone. New Year’s Resolutions are difficult to maintain. These resolutions to work out more, lose weight, gain muscle, tone up, etc. typically taper off 3-4 weeks into the New Year. One of the main reasons New Year’s Resolutions are difficult to maintain is because people do not see the results they want immediately. A resolution, a fad diet and a detox cleanse all have one thing in common: an end point. At some point down the road, whether it is a three week diet program, a one month weight loss challenge or your New Year’s Resolution, that program comes to an end, at which point most of us continue on our normal lifestyle that we lived before looking forward to that next 30-day quick fix.
Now, it is a great thing to participate in those challenges, don’t get me wrong. Anything is better than the alternative. However, instead of giving ourselves a deadline to lose 10 pounds in 30 days or diet for that next wedding or lean out for the summer, we need to adopt the lifestyle and make it a forever journey. Turn that 10 pounds in 30 days challenge into a realistic 20 – 30 pound weight loss goal for the entire year.
On average, one pound of fat equals 3,500 calories. If we aim to decrease our caloric intake by 500 calories a day, that will add up to one pound of weight loss over seven days. A good goal to aim for is a 5-10 pound weight loss per month and next thing you know, you have lost your 30 pounds and will be able to keep that weight off by the new lifestyle you have adopted.
Here is a motivational video by Muscle Prodigy that helps keep me motivated in all aspects of my life especially in the gym.
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