I have a different kind of fitness challenge for you this week! Are you up for it? It may take you out of your comfort zone…
First a little background
Did you know that 38% of Americans make weight related resolutions each year? And only 8% of Americans are actually successful in achieving their resolutions?* Whether or not you’re surprised by these numbers, it should help explain why there are more people in the gym in January than there were at the end of last year.
In fact, only 71% of those who made those resolutions are still sticking to them by today – just 2 weeks into the New Year. These numbers make me really sad, because I want everyone to feel the difference that regular exercise can make I their life: more energy, less health problems, improved ability to cope with stress, improved mental clarity…the list keeps going. And looking better naked is an added bonus!
What does this have to do with you?
A “January Joiner” is one of the 38% who made a weight related resolution, wasn’t actively going to the gym when 2012 ended, but is starting the year getting active at gym! It’s often used in a negative light, although I’m turning it around and using it as term of endearment.
Are you a January Joiner? If so – I want to support you! I want you to beat the odds and help raise the percentage of those successful in meeting their goals this year. I can be a good cheerleader and I know others here in the Better With Veggies community are too! Let me know if this is you and how things are going (good or bad) so we can support you.
If you’re not a January Joiner, this is your change to support someone new! Do you remember when you made a choice to make a change? Did people around you support and encourage you? I remember starting running in January of 2002 and it really helped when people encouraged me.
My Challenge to You
Take a look around you the next time you’re at the gym? Do you see some new faces? Instead of grumbling that the machines are full or you someone has the weight you want – smile at someone new. Offer a few words of encouragement. Does someone look confused on a machine or piece of equipment? Ask if you can help.
Believe me, this is WAY more fun than complaining and hoping they’ll go away. Because deep down, I know you really want people to succeed (even if it’s WAY deep down).
*All stats sourced from this reference.
Questions for you:
Are you a January Joiner? How are things going? Questions? Successes? Frustrations? How can we encourage you?!
Not a January Joiner? Are you ready to accept the challenge and encourage someone over the next week? Let me know what you plan to do – then come back and let me know how it went! :)