Niagara Gazette — For the regular gym goers, the end of December and into early February are usually times of frustration as new faces make the gym more crowded than two-for-one drink night at the local college bar. However, these same regular gym goers also realize that within a few weeks from now, most of the newbies will have stopped going, their New Year’s Resolutions becoming nothing more than false promises and forgotten motivation.
If you hope to keep the promises you’ve made to yourself on Dec. 31, here are a few tips to help keep you from being another one of those resolution-making letdowns. Who knows, these tips might even help you to become one of those gym “regulars” that you promised yourself you would become!
1. Get a gym partner. This will allow you to share ideas, tips and healthy recipes, while also helping with your form and general motivation. If you don’t have a partner, and when you are tired, hungry, ticked off at your boss/spouse or just don’t feel like going, it is easier to cancel your own plans, but not so easy to cancel someone else’s plans. Having a partner relying on you will increase your chances of success.
2. Evaluate the people you associate with. The saying “you are or will become, the average of the five people you associate with the most” in my experience and in observing others, is true. If you hang out with people who eat pizza and hit happy hour four times a week, you’ll probably do the same.
At some point you need to make some changes and be selfish. If you’ve neglected yourself for the past 5, 10, or 15 years, you are going to have to put the time in to reverse that. How do you find the right person or people to help you? For starters, I would suggest eliminating or minimizing your time with negative people or energy vampires. Then, I would try to find a gym or online community that offers support in your endeavor.
3. Don’t rely strictly on visuals. If you lift weights, you will start to replace body fat (stored energy) with lean muscle. Muscle does NOT weigh more than fat. If you are gaining weight and don’t want to, you are doing something wrong. In this case, it’s most likely eating too much and moving too little. Stay the course.
4. Have a plan. Do weights before cardio. Muscles burn more calories throughout the day. The only way to gain muscle is to lift weights. Additional benefits of weight training are increased bone density, increased strength, better posture, prevention of disease, emotional benefits, stress relief, increased self esteem, increased sex drive and about 117 others.
5. Live your life proactively. “Memento Mori” translated from Latin means “remember your mortality.” Some may think this is morbid, but the truth is, you have a finite time to live. Make every day count.
Christopher R. Tybor is the owner of ChrisFit Personal Training. He can be reached at www.chrisfit.net or by calling 818-0078.