1. Joining a Gym
Joining a gym always seems to be the front runner when it comes to health-fitness resolutions. This is probably because people feel obligated into signing up at a gym and because it’s the easiest route to take. You walk into a commercial gym, take a tour, sign up, get a personal trainer, become fully engaged for a month, and then all the sudden you find yourself locked into a year-long contract paying monthly fees when you don’t even go anymore. How many times have you seen this or heard this story? Bottom line: If signing up at a commercial gym is going to fire you up every day to bust your ass and make a change in your health, then by all means sign on that dotted line. If a commercial gym isn’t for you, don’t feel guilty or obligated to sign up, don’t waste your time or money. Go find a place that is right for you!
2. Joining a Team
Next on the list has to be joining some sort of team, participating in a recreational league (indoor soccer, basketball), or starting a new class (Zumba, boot camp). Joining a team is something very simplistic and effective. Being on a team makes you feel like a part of something and what better than to be on a team with like-minded people, right? However, what if you aren’t a team player or a team oriented type of person? Maybe you’re self-motivated and work better individually. Bottom line: Don’t just join a team for the hell of it! Know what your strengths and weaknesses are. If you like being around people and receiving that gratification from being on a team then go for it. If you are self-motivated and individualistic, then find something that’s going to accommodate that.
3. Purchasing a Home Video Workout Routine
Next we have purchasing home video workout routines and a show of hands please if you have bought these before? All kidding aside, purchasing a home video workout routine is a very popular health-fitness New Year’s resolution. For example, P90X is very popular and could be very effective if you are the type of person that is intimidated by the big gyms, short on time to make it to a gym, stay at home mom, or if it’s going to flat out get you fired up to train hard in your home! If you’re doing this because everyone else is doing it or because the sales person on TV is telling you to do it then you better think again. Bottom line: If a home video workout routine is going to seriously motivate you to make a change in your health then pop that baby in the DVD player and go to town on it! If you’re purchasing it because others are, then you seriously need to get out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself with something else.
4. Hiring a Coach
Almost nearing the bottom we have hiring a coach. Hiring a coach helps figure out EXACTLY what you want and provides ACTION steps to get you closer to that. A coach can be online or in person just like a personal trainer. A coach will make the blue print to whatever your goals are and it will be your job to take action and do the work. If you hire a coach, do it because you want to make a change, want a challenge, make sure you’re self-motivated, and make sure you will be accountable for your actions. Also, by hiring a coach, you have that responsibility in your hands to prove to your coach you can accomplish what he maps out for you. There is no better feeling than impressing your coach by earning your results through hard work and discipline. Bottom line: A coach isn’t for everybody. If you need that one-to-one personal trainer to get you started on the right track then do that! For more information on seeing if a coach is right for you, click here.
5. Participating in Virtual Challenges
We leave participating in virtual challenges last because it has so much skepticism. As virtual challenges are fairly new, a lot of people are hesitant to give them a try. A virtual challenge can be anything from a 6-10 week fat loss challenge, 8 week muscle building challenge, etc. Everything is done through online. The beautiful thing about virtual challenges is you can do what you want at your convenience: You can work out whenever you want, as long as you follow the given workout routine, you can perform the workout routine usually at home, at a park, or at a gym, you can follow the customized diets you are given, you can get that gratification of being a part of a team, you have constant motivation from fellow participants and coaches, and you have that extra motivation because you want to win that prize at the end. There are a lot of benefits to virtual challenges because of its convenience and flexibility. Bottom line: If you are competitive, need motivation, and want to try something outside of the box then try a virtual challenge, you have nothing to lose. If you need a blue print to success, are self-motivated, and want to take on that next challenge then hire a coach.