Ever wonder why so many wait until after the first of the New Year to implement their new fitness plans? They’ve known for months that they are going to do it. Yet, it seems as though many fear that if they start before the festive season is over, they’ll undo all that was gained during that period of time, so they usually start afterwards with the thought that they won’t lose anything.
The problem with this thought process is that you are beginning behind the curve. Consider this – what would happen if you had started 2 months before Thanksgiving? At a one-pound loss per week, you would have already lost 8 pounds before the holidays started. Even after the holidays you would still weigh less than when you started.
But, perhaps it’s not about weight loss but of overall physical health. If you start now and not wait until January 1st, your body will have already begun to feel the changes. The soreness that comes from moving body parts that have been dormant for months would have subsided and your body will already begin to adapt to the new activity. So many are waiting to begin until January 1st, but why? If you are waiting for the ‘right time’, understand that the time will never be ‘right’. Instead start now, today! No more excuses!
Your new fitness routine doesn’t have to involve spending a lot of money. If you can’t afford a gym membership, there are literally hundreds of exercise DVDs that you can buy and exercise in the comfort of your home. Some may require small pieces of equipment like a set of dumbbells or a stepper, but many will use just bodyweight and require no equipment. Or you may find the perfect workout for you on YouTube and those are free.
However, if you want a gym membership, go ahead and buy one. Most gyms offer reduced price memberships to new customers. Sometimes the act of “going to the gym” is motivation enough for people to get their money’s worth from their membership.
Regardless of how you do it, once your new fitness plan has become a habit, it will be as natural as brushing your teeth or going to work each day.
Don’t wait until after the New Year to start your fitness plan. Start now and get ahead of the game.