The problem with declaring our commitment to fitness on New Year’s is that we’ve set ourselves up for immediate failure. Why? Because we’re well aware of the fact that another year is going to come in 365 days and we can always start over if when that happens.
New Year’s Resolutions, based on personal experience, give the illusion of an unbreakable pact with yourself, but if it’s so ironclad then why do we make the same ones every year?
There’s barely a month left before 2018 begins, however, that’s the whole point of this article: to prove that there are far more effective motivations to get fit than the upcoming start of the year with that whole ‘new, year, new me’ shtick. Get motivated by these elements in your life, as in RIGHT NOW:
We don’t have to look too far as some of your friends may already be exhibiting the positive results of regular exercise and other good habits. The best part is you can ask them directly how they’ve successfully changed their lifestyle, which, let’s face it, has been the deemed biggest obstacle from the start. Perhaps they’ll say that it’s best to ask a professional and that’s a mark of a good friend who’s really looking out for your welfare and is not there to humble-brag. You may be late in the game, but if anything, your friends might even be your #1 cheerleaders in this endeavor and we all could use a little help from our friends.
It seems shallow, but fashion can be that one huge factor to living healthily and we’ll use the inspiration any way we can. It can be as minor as squeezing into your decade-old jeans perfectly again, or as major as fitting into a wedding dress. Whatever the case, fashion has that ability to make us more conscious of our body, as suggested by a study on “enclothed cognition”, because clothes not only can accentuate the figure and boost self-confidence, it can also encourage you to be more active if you choose to. So if it’s as simple as you wanting to go back to wearing tank tops that show off those amazing shoulders of yours, then turn to fashion to fuel that fitness.
3. That Big Trip
So you have your long vacation abroad coming up and you can’t wait. Isn’t that enough motivation to, at the very least, cut back on rice or take the stairs instead of the elevator to physically prepare for those long strolls, say, around Europe? You would not believe the benefits of opting to walk in a foreign country—aside from cardio, you get to absorb more of the surroundings, while saving you more money for shopping! And who knows? You might also discover a newfound appreciation for long-distance walking, perhaps enough to turn it into a daily practice back in your city.
More than the obvious reasons that you want to be present when certain milestones are reached—your youngest nephew’s graduation, your kid’s first bike ride, or your parent’s diamond anniversary—your family’s history can also say a lot about your overall wellbeing. That is not to say you should live in fear, but getting briefed on your clan’s medical background and recognizing the reality of hereditary diseases will help you live more fully and know that doing your part, through exercise, getting enough sleep, and watching your diet is probably more than enough to enjoy a long and sound life.
5. Rough Past
Whether or not it’s getting over something or someone career- or romance-wise—maybe we used to get bullied in school and we never quite recovered from it—our not-so happy experiences can be one of the best motivations to get that so-called “revenge body”, as Khloé Kardashian would put it. Interestingly, I was able to witness more than once how a former flame could push someone to be healthier, which eventually led that person into a blossoming new relationship and an even better career following that. Remember: more than a mere distraction, exercise releases endorphins, and endorphins will make you happy!