Don’t Make a New Year’s Fitness Resolution Until You Read This Post!
In 2019, plan an adventure you need to train for AND do it with other people!
What’s even more depressing is that we now know the day when most of us will fall off the wagon with our new year’s fitness intentions: January 12th.
Most of us experience what I call “The Cycle of Badness” because we try to make major life changes in isolation without a big enough “why?”. See the painstakingly detailed chart I have created below…
We fail at our fitness goals because we underestimate what it takes to win. We think fitness is about simple habits like eating and going to the gym. How hard can it be? In reality, getting fit after we have been sedentary requires us to completely rewire our brains – the same way an addict would recover from an addition. It’s a BIG deal. There are no simple answers, but there are a couple of simple things you can do to dramatically improve your odds of getting fit this year. Here is my advice: Plan an adventure you need to train for AND do it with other people.
Here is my advice: Plan an adventure you need to train for AND do it with other people.
Make sure it’s something that inspires you and gets you out of your comfort zone. For the past three years, I’ve planned big trips I’ve had to train for: The 72-mile High Sierra Trail, Mount Rainier, and the 220-mile John Muir Trail last year. I trained with other people and it made all the difference. In 2017 I joined a CrossFit gym and started training with people 3, 4, and now 5 days a week. I’ll be participating in the CrossFit Open this year. I’ll probably suck at it, but I’ll have fun with my friends and get fitter in the process. I call this “The Cycle of Goodness”. I’ve recruited an army of Ph.D.s to help me create the chart below to illustrate this point…
This year, don’t make that resolution to lose 20 pounds. Find an adventure, train for it, and do it with friends. You’ll figure out how to lose the weight because that’s part of it, but don’t make that the main thing. For me, it’s hiking and climbing. If I wasn’t training for these adventures, I’d likely slip back into eating sugar and bad carbs – and living that sad sedentary lifestyle I used to live. Maybe for you, it’s biking, running, swimming or an Ironman race. Start with a 5K, then a 10K, then work your way up to a marathon in a few years. If your knees are shot, start swimming, take lessons, and put a race on the calendar. Today, the point is not about winning the race, it’s about being in the race. So go do it. And make sure you do it with friends.