You know it, and I know it. “New Year – New You” never works; in fact, it’s just a bad headline created to sell more diet books, big-box gym memberships and fitness gadgets.
I hear it all the time. “OK Greg, I’ll be making my comeback after the holidays“. “You’ll see me back in the gym in January“. “I’m pretty busy with Christmas, but I’ll get into my routine again in the new year.”
Why do we think we need to get past January 1st to have a clean slate? Do we think it will give us a fresh start, a new supply of willpower and motivation?
I’m here to tell you that it won’t.
If you’re not currently practicing good training and nutrition habits — you likely won’t in the New Year either.
More often than not, there’s a reason that people don’t exercise regularly or eat properly. It’s not just down to laziness and busy schedules. People develop poor habits (overeating, indulging in comfort food, sedentary behaviour, etc.) to fulfill other needs — perhaps compensating for feelings of loneliness, depression, stress, or even boredom.
Think more in the present. Think about what you can do — right now — to improve your state of health.
Rather on trying to be someone else (i.e. the “new you”) in the future, focus on doing something now. A small, healthy habit — that’s actually achievable. Nothing too overwhelming, just something that’s realistic and that makes you feel good about yourself.
Repeat that habit tomorrow.
You’re already on your way.