Amongst all the merrymaking…and overindulging…in the New Year there’ll be the inevitable vows to go to the gym. The result is a month of elbow-to-elbow workouts, sore muscles…and many broken goals by the time bikini season rolls around.
In fact, brace yourself because here’s a gym statistic that will get your pulse racing. When you consider that gyms are inundated in January year after year, this is a truly astounding statistic:
80 percent of people who joined a gym in January quit within 5 months.
And the statistics are no better for starting any other month of the year either. The question is, “Why?” What is it about sticking with a fitness routine that causes so many people to abandon it?
The answer? Motivation. They don’t want health and fitness badly enough. It is a simple fact of human psychology that if we want something badly enough, we’ll do everything we can to get it.
Your challenge is to find out what motivates you to get serious about fitness and stick with it.
Unlocking your motivation
Lisa was a bride-to-be and couldn’t wait for her big day. This was the one day, out of all the days of her life where she had to look her absolute best.
For Lisa it was her impending wedding that pushed her to train 5 days a week, to eat the right food day in day out without faltering. It was the impetus that pushed her out of her comfort zone and into a commitment that she previously had not been interested in or motivated enough to do before.
Bryan Reece found a different motivation. Told by his doctors that he was minutes away from a heart attack, Bryan decided to fight back. Even though he had not been in a gym in 30 years, he turned his life around and eventually became a finisher in the Arizona Ironman competition. You can read his story in the book, You Are an Ironman: How Six Weekend Warriors Chased Their Dream of Finishing the World’s Toughest Triathlon by Jacques Steinberg.
You do not have to be part of that 80 percent who quit. You can stay committed and finish strong. It is all about finding what motivates you personally.
Here are some possible motivators for you:
It is worth taking the time to discover the powerful motivators in your life. Do what it takes to get yourself moving. Find out what makes sweating worth it. Find out what you want more than that brownie.
Create Your Support Environment
Finally, you need to create the support environment that supports and nurtures your motivators. I would recommend a smaller boutique club that better caters to your needs as an individual rather than a number.
These typically have a higher cost, but you’ll go far more often as it becomes a home away from home and you’ll meet new people because it’s more intimate. This sense of community and involvement far outweighs the lure of the latest machines, gizmos or the sheer amount of useless and expensive equipment.
Once you train at a boutique club like Dynamic Boxing, you’ll never want to go to a commercial facility again.