“The 7% Club”
With the beginning of every New Year, gyms are often full of people motivated to start anew and get fit. But by February, it’s inevitable that many drop out. In fact, according to Forbes.com, only 7% of people keep their New Year’s resolutions. So, what happened to the 93%? Why do so many people abandon their sincere and heartfelt goals? What goes so terribly wrong?
While I don’t have all the answers, I can tell you what I’ve learned from working in the fitness industry for so long. I’ve seen many well-intentioned people lapse and fall off the “exercise wagon,” so to speak, and I believe that it comes down to goal setting. There is a lot of planning that goes into goal setting that begins with asking yourself some very important questions beforehand:
1) Are these goals truly attainable? I’ve had clients say, “I need to lose 15-20 lbs. in two weeks for a wedding/reunion/holiday event I’m going to.” That is simply not a realistic time frame. You need to be honest about your expectations or else you will be setting yourself for failure before you can even begin.
2) Do I have all the tools and know-how I need? When you join our health and fitness center, we want to make sure you take full advantage of all the equipment and services we offer. Don’t waste your valuable time “guessing” at what your body needs to do. Trust us; we know what we’re doing. We can devise a customized workout plan that will help you get to your goal faster.
3) What is my plan of action to stay on course? In other words, have you agreed to making fitness a priority in your life? Have you truly acknowledged that it will require a lot of hard work, sweat, and sacrifice? What happens if you get off track? You need to have a backup plan in place. If work has been keeping you at the office longer at night, then workout in the morning. If you’re unable to get to the gym for a few days, then make healthy nutritional choices. The ability to revise your plan is a must because life will throw you unexpected obstacles all the time. The key is to address the problem immediately instead of abandoning your goals altogether.
The real question is, this time next year will you be part of the 93% who failed, or the 7% who didn’t? The choice is yours.