Go to the Gym, Lose Weight, Be Organized
As we enter the second month of the year, our New Year’s resolutions may be a cloudy memory of optimism and hope. For most people, it is very difficult to keep resolutions more than a couple of weeks. The excitement of the holidays and a much needed break have worn off, and we get caught up in our jobs once again. The image of that perfect beach body becomes second priority to work projects and household duties. After thinking about the money and time it takes to cook a healthy meal every day, the Taco Bell down the street begins calling your name. Although our intentions are in the right place, we often give in to the temptations that lead us astray. One of the most commonly dropped resolutions is going to the gym consistently.
According to the Huffington Post, losing weight is the most common new years resolution, and also one of the hardest to attain. After all of the holiday treats, people are motivated to work off the extra pounds they have acquired. They may feel sluggish and tired after visiting their family and want to get back into a daily routine. The new year seems like a great time to start fresh and set goals for the upcoming months. However, completely changing your lifestyle and dietary habits can require more effort than most people realize.
If you are a consistent gym-goer, you have most likely witnessed the increase in activity right around the first of the year. Morgan Rummel, a senior structural engineering student at the University of Wyoming, describes the chaos of students trying to fulfill their resolutions at Half Acre gym on campus. He says that it gets really crowded and hard to move around without running into someone.
“There is definitely a big difference in the amount of people there, but most of them don’t stay very long,” Morgan said.
Morgan isn’t the only one who notices the abnormal crowd.
“On an average day we have around 2300 students come through the gym. On January 29, the first day of classes, we had 2711 students,” said Senior Accounting Associate for Half Acre Jennifer Heupel.
She pointed out that the large increase happens on the first day of classes because people get lazy over break and want to get back into a steady routine. The jump in numbers isn’t only seen at the University.
“We see a huge increase in members for a very short amount of time,” said Altitude Fitness employee Celsey Meyer.
This increase always happens in January, but it doesn’t seem to last very long. At Altitude Fitness, the numbers drop down again as soon as February.
“The excitement of resolutions dies, and people don’t have the motivation to come to the gym,” said Celsey. “They do great the first month and then lose all motivation to keep coming.”
Half Acre sees their decrease after Spring Break in March. Students do well at balancing school, work and a healthy lifestyle until the middle of the semester.
“Students do good for a while, but midterms take priority and they get busy studying,” explained Jennifer.
Resolutions may be harder to keep than most people think. It requires a lot of determination and dedication, especially in the gym.
Morgan said “We all want to be healthier and attractive, but it takes more than one month in the gym to see any changes.”
Tips and Tricks
Only eight percent of people keep their New Year’s resolutions, according to Huffington Post. There may be many reasons that resolutions often turn into disappointing failures. Setting unrealistic goals and trying to achieve unattainable results can lead to dropping your resolutions in February, rather than keeping them all year.
An article in the Huffington Post gives tips on how to make resolutions become lifestyle changes. Instead of trying to turn your life around in a short amount of time, take small steps that work up to your desired result. Make small incremental changes each day, and you will soon find that you can change your habits and take control of your life.
“Start with something more attainable. Set smaller goals and work up to it,” suggested Morgan.
He works out at least four times a week and says that it has to become a part of your daily routine. Tell yourself that it’s just another thing you have to do each day, and you will make it a habit.
Setting resolutions is a great way to better yourself and reach your goals, however it may not be as simple as you think. Be prepared to put the work in and make a lifestyle change.
Celsey said “Don’t wait until New Years to make a resolution. Every day is a chance for a new beginning.”