Yet, another year has gracefully come and gone. “A year from now” always seems like a long time, but think about how fast this year went by when looking back. My ugly Christmas sweater from last year is still fresh and I can still feel the boom of the fireworks that brought in the New “Last” Year.
And here we are a year later.
According to Statististics Brain, only 8% of Americans achieve their New Year’s resolution. Of those who make resolutions, 38% of them are concerning weight.
So, why such a high failure rate?
Interestingly, a reader asked me this question recently. There are 6 reasons that I was able to identify that prevent people from losing weight or becoming fit.
- Finding the time to workout is difficult. Exercise takes time. There is no way around it. However, there is a misconception that 45 minutes or more is needed everyday in order to be fit. To address this, it is important to understand the benefits of high-intensity interval training (HIIT). HIIT training stresses the importance of intensity (exercising hard) for a short period versus exercising at a slower pace for a longer period of time. Realizing that a good workout can be completed in 4 minutes will really help to address this barrier. Four minute workouts are pretty intense, so meeting a common ground of intensity and time, such as in a 10 minute workout may be optimal for you!
- Understanding that eating healthy is simple and that healthy foods can really taste good! The Mediterranean Diet is one of the most researched diets available. Mostly eat from the nine Mediterranean Diet food groups, avoid fried and processed foods, and avoiding sugary drinks and soda and you will lose weight!
- Finding workouts that people enjoy with minimal equipment. It is absolutely okay to workout in a gym. I personally love the gym. I just don’t always have the time to go to one. Unfortunately, many believe that if they can’t make it to the gym, then it’s okay to skip the workout. Whether you like to workout in the gym or at home, it is important to have an arsenal of bodyweight exercises that can be performed anywhere!
- Difficulty in creating a long-term habit. Have you ever heard anyone say “I’m just going to shower until I’m clean, and then there is no need to shower anymore…” I hope not! Similar to needing to shower regularly, muscles need regular stimulation to stay strong. Regular aerobic exercise is needed to keep you heart and lungs healthy and fat in check. A long-term exercise habit needs to be develop and maintained on the same level as showering and brushing teeth. The importance of sweating everyday before you shower must be realized.
- Wanting to lose it all in a week. As I mentioned above, long-term habits are key. Major changes can’t happen quickly. I would argue that the more gradual changes are the most successful ones, because it takes time to develop a new mindset and habits. This is one of the reasons that “fad” diets don’t work. A slow transition to change is probably best.
- The spiritual component is ignored. Along with weight loss, prayer and meditation are a must. Asking for help from God will undoubtedly give you the focus and strength to succeed. God wants us to take care of this awesome gift of our bodies, so of course He will help us accomplish this goal as we hold up our end of the deal. Meditation helps you really feel and connect with your “total being.” You realize that every cell in your body is alive and working on your behalf. With this realization, it becomes harder to neglect the aliveness of these billions of cells. It also becomes harder to feed them unhealthy foods.
So what will it take this New Year to get you to reach your fitness goals?
Keep it simple with setting a simple goal or two, and then keep these 6 points in mind throughout the year. If you understand how to break through these 6 barriers, you will be successful 365 days from now.