At this time of the year, the number ONE thing we see - especially being a fitness professionals - is that people adopt and drop fitness programs very quickly.
I don't bring this up in order to judge, but to call us all forth: it's sad that it happens, it shouldn't have to happen, and it shows us that there was a fundamental flaw in the preparation and execution of the program.
In all my time coaching, I have found a strategy that works very well for this time of year: a one month challenge to eat well and engage in a movement practice.
You can NEVER expect results without trying. EVER.
And without trying, you have no claim to an opinion on the matter.
It's as simple as that.
Training takes time, discipline, courage, and practice. Like ANY new skill, you need to be prepared to be humbled, to be a beginner, and to embrace not measuring up to your mental expectations of reality. You will not be good right away. You will not be where you think you need to be right away. It will be hard. Physical work is challenging if you're not accustomed to it - like any task.
And that's OK.
Because the reality is that those are all EXACTLY why you should train in the first place.
To build discipline and courage. To commit to a practice for your well-being. To sharpen your mind in learning new physical skills. To be a beginner. To be humbled.
To recognize that it's not about measuring up to who you think you should be. It's about discovering who you really are and what you're capable of.
THAT is what movement can teach you.
Commit to a one month challenge - that's all you hold yourself to. Nothing more, nothing less.
At the end of the month, take some time to think deeply about what you've just finished - you set your mind to a challenging task you've never done before and you completed it!
You've gained some new skills, feel better physically, and have accomplished a goal you set out to complete. The discomfort you felt in the moment is over - it was all temporary anyway, wasn't it?
And now, you're truly empowered - in both knowledge and experience - to make a decision on what you'd like to do next.
That's our challenge to you in 2017. We'd love to help you achieve it.