Calling a do-over: Five tips for re-starting your resolutions

As the doors reopen to your gym after the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, how can you make the most of this do-over? Here are five tips to get you (re)started.
By Monica Hilton
April 22, 2020
Calling a do-over: Five tips for re-starting your resolutions

It’s March 1st and already 16.6% of 2021 is gone. To recap, we set New Years resolutions, the groundhog came, we celebrated Valentines Day and we’re about 17 days from crushing some green beer on St. Patrick’s day.  

A wise man once said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.”

You’re now probably in one of two categories. You either: a) set goals and were on your way to accomplishing them like a boss, or you b) set goals and were patiently waiting until January 1, 2022 so you can try again.

Here’s how I’m choosing to look at it: Better late than never. 

So how can you make the most of this do-over? Here are five tips to get you (re)started:

  1. LIFT HEAVY SHIT. I don’t care if you’re a woman or a man, 18 or 69, new to fitness or a regular, remember that education is important but strength training is important-er. Cardio and flexibility make for a well-rounded fitness plan but start building it around strength training and watch the magic happen.
  2. STOP SETTING UNREALISTIC GOALS. Let’s say you’re new to fitness, or maybe fell off the wagon for a bit. (Hint: if your last workout buddy was Billy Blanks as you kicked and punched your way through TaeBo, it’s time to admit that you’ve fallen off the wagon.) Time to look forward. Set goals that are achievable for your lifestyle, taking two things into account: your schedule and the types of workouts you enjoy. Need help? Talk to someone at your gym about how to get started the right way. If they don’t have a beginners’ plan of any sort, find a new gym. And remember, even if you’re moving slowly, you’re still lapping everyone on the couch. For those that feel like they may have lost some strength during quarantine, you can get bitter or get better. You’re not starting from square one – you haven’t lost all of your strength – but be smart enough to set realistic training goals, which means you’re not going to try lifting what you did the day before this lockdown started.
  3. FIND A WORKOUT BUDDY. Or an accountability group. I can’t stress this enough. If you don’t have one, ask your gym to assign you one. One of my favorite fitness quotes is from Chalene Johnson: “If your friends don’t like to work out, find new friends.” The connection you find in CrossFit classes is a game-changer and it’s why I say there has never been a better time to try CrossFit. Start today.
  4. NUTRITION IS HUGE. Let’s talk about the elephant in the room: We all ate too much during quarantine. Our schedules were disrupted, we stress ate, we worked in the kitchen or walked past it hourly, the list of reasons goes on and on and the struggle is real, y’all. At one point, I even had this thought: I have extra time. I’ll just work out more to cancel out all the extra snacking I’m doing. The fact is, you will sabotage any workout plan with a poor diet. It doesn’t have to be perfect but your body needs the correct fuel to perform well. Let’s practice. Say it with me: No matter how effing delicious the baked goods are, I will put them down and walk away.
  5. DO YOU. People will give you all kinds of advice for success, but it might be based on what worked for them. Example: Tip #2 above is about starting at your pace. If you know that you’re an “all or nothing” person and you want to set a goal of working out six times per week (even if it’s 15 minutes per day), don’t let someone tell you to start at three workouts. If you know that starting on Monday but following it with a rest day on Tuesday will affect your motivation for Wednesday, plan accordingly and do what will work for you. On the other hand, if someone suggests an initial plan of three workouts per week, and you know you can reasonably commit to two and feel successful, that’s where you start. All you can do is the best you can do, and you’re the only one who can do you.

Now get on out there and call a do-over. Make the next few months “the season of YOU,” a time for new beginnings, for a better future and it might just blow your mind. Stay safe and healthy, friends.

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