Every time I sit down to write an article, I try to think of something groundbreaking. The want to deliver some life-shattering piece of advice is almost overpowering.
But then reality hits and I am reminded that true success happens not in monumental moments of the unimaginable, but rather, in repeated and sustained efforts of the ordinary.
This is as true in all things health and fitness as it is with matters of financial success, relationship strength and professional goals.
It's with this in mind that I don't offer the usual fare. It's just too easy for somebody to run an internet search on healthy food substitutions or recipes. We live in the information age, after all.
But what a search result won't tell you is how to get out of your comfort zone. It won't tell you to push yourself. That's left up to those who care, whether that's yourself, your family or your friendly neighborhood trainer ("yo").
While our day-to-day routines are built around habits, the holiday season seems to kick this into hyper drive. We cook many of the same things, see the same people and gripe about the same inconveniences.
I'm here to tell you to change it up. Start with making a new recipe if you're the cook. Eat something new if you're the party-goer. The worst case will be something that doesn't go over well (oh well, you tried), while the best case could be a new family favorite.
Instead of seeing the same familiar faces, go to a new party outside of your social circle or invite a new friend or coworker over. Of course, run a quick background check on your surprise guest... 'cuz ya know, some people are craaaazy.
You can also switch things up by buying different gifts than usual. Don't just buy dad a new tie, power tool or set of golf clubs. Get creative with it! Buy him a gym membership. And get yourself one to match!
Don't just buy mom a new blouse or dress, buy it in a size too small. Yes, you read that right. But next, and most importantly, make a deal to start working out together so you can be supportive in her journey to fit into that new gift!
Now, I know what you're thinking, trying something new can be difficult. Getting out of our comfort zones can be, well, uncomfortable. So I'm sharing a picture that I sent to a client who was struggling. I received an "SOS" text and happened to be working out. I snapped this pic and sent it, with something along the lines of "you can do this!!"
So if you second guess making or eating something new, if you doubt it's a good idea to socialize outside of your usual network or if you don't think your loved ones will appreciate your new gift ideas, let me motivate you. Clip this out and hang it up where you'll see it. Just do it!
Andy Frisch, NASM CPT, CES, PES, WFS, IFT, NESTA FNC, is a successful personal trainer and nutrition coach who enjoys working with clients of all shapes, sizes and ages. He currently train clients at Sports Village Fitness in Lebanon, works with clients online at www.FreshEvolutionFitness.com and has a budding YouTube channel.