Did you know that setting a new year’s resolution is one of the biggest mistakes you can make if you really want to improve your health, fitness and wellness.
What you really need to do is determine how you want your health, fitness and wellness to be not just in the next year, but for the rest of your life! And the key to achieving your optimum health, fitness and wellness comes down to how much value you put on it, making lifestyles choices and changes and taking a big picture, lifetime approach…not just a “new year” approach.
Have you heard the phrase “Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail”?
Right after making a new year’s resolution, the next step is to set some goals. Maybe you want to have better flexibility as you’re sick and tired of feeling stiff and tight, with daily aches and pains.
So you set a goal of stretching every day. You might be consistent for a few weeks, maybe a few months, then life gets busy and the daily stretching routine drops off.
The biggest goal setting mistake? Goals are the roadmap to get to where you want to go. But most people view the actual goal as the destination, rather than part of the journey.
You will continue to fail at goal achievement unless you put a very personal value on making permanent lifestyle changes, have an action plan with definite steps and outcomes, and a lifetime commitment that supports your lifestyle and longevity.
If we flip the goal of having better flexibility to get immediate benefits of being pain free, to stretching every day so you never have to use walking aids, or need help going to the toilet, or to prevent joint replacements…you get the idea.
People who are successful at long term health, do all of this and not only achieve the goal but create a new, better quality of life that enables them to continue to do all the activities they love.
Joseph Pilates talks endlessly about being persistent and patient and dedicating yourself to daily practice, to achieve optimum physical fitness. His ultimate vision was for people to live productive, happy and healthy lives by achieving optimum mental and physical conditioning. And here at Pilates Plus, we have this vision as well.
We encourage our clients to, at the very least to stretch daily and to incorporate pilates practice at home. Our clients who take this on board, do so because, having a happy, functioning body has incredible value to them. The goal isn’t daily stretching…that’s the roadmap that gets them to what it is they value…lifestyle and longevity!
As you start to contemplate the new year, be honest with yourself about the willingness you have to change your lifestyle. If you are willing to make changes, the next step is to…JUST DO IT!
Nothing happens if nothing happens!