New Years Resolutions…Man ever since New Years the gym has been packed Monday thru Wednesday (both morning and night). I don’t understand why all the people who declared they would lose weight, get fit, whatever can’t work out on days other than Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. All of these newbies or return members (whatever their case) really make getting a parking space or a treadmill a real challenge on the peak days. And just like last year they will start to burn out in a couple of weeks. Part of me wishes they could stay committed but part of me can’t wait for them to stop coming so often so I can find a decent parking space, have the treadmill of my choosing, and not have to feel like I have to storm the training room to get a bike in spin class.
Let’s be honest a New Years resolution is the wrong reason to start working out. You have to commit, really commit! A simple reflection at the end of the year is not enough. You have to CHOOSE a life style change: choose it, own it, live it. If it’s just about this thing we do (I actually don’t do it) at the end (or beginning) of each year that honestly I have no idea what the origin of New Years resolutions even is. Why New Years Resolutions? Who came up with this idea? Why do we all just go along with some tradition that we do not even know how it got started? All these questions are exactly why the gym will be back to normal in a few more weeks. According to Wikipedia: “Recent research shows that while 52% of participants in a resolution study were confident of success with their goals, only 12% actually achieved their goals.”
Based on a google search I’ve found a couple of websites that agree that the origin of making new years resolutions dates back to Ancient Babylon and Rome. The Babylonians would typically return farm equipment that they had borrowed during the year, while in Caesar’s time Janus became the symbol for resolutions because he had two faces that could look to the past and into the future. I really doubt this will help anyone stick to their New Years Resolution but at least that mystery is solved.
And what is the definition of resolution? “A promise to yourself to do or to not do something.” Scary that according to another article I read on ezinearticles.com “a recent study found that 22% of people give up on their resolution in the first week and by the end of March more than half of New Years resolvers have fallen of the bandwagon.” I think this is why I stopped declaring resolutions each year – I never ended up following through.
Now if you are getting fit due to a New Years resolution it does not mean that you are doomed. But I do suggest that you do some soul-searching to decide if you are really committed to this or are you just following a tradition that you did not know the origin of until you read my blog? If it’s the later, go strip down naked and take a long look at yourself in the mirror and weigh yourself. If you like what you see – quit your resolution now. If you are not that thrilled than make a new commitment to yourself to save your life now and get to the gym tomorrow! Until tomorrow…Kathi