We're a few days into the new year now. How are those resolutions holding up? Statistically speaking, there are already some readers who have slipped up... and then there's everybody else, wondering what they've gotten themselves into.
I'm here to offer some help. I'm here to offer a challenge, or rather, that you find your own challenge. Finding the right challenge can motivate and inspire us to do better. But it has to be a Goldilocks challenge, not too easy, not too tough, but just right.
If you underestimate yourself and aim too low, you'll inevitably lose interest and will mentally check out not long after you start. On the other hand, if you overshoot your abilities, you'll get frustrated and eventually want to quit as well.
Keep the previous sentences in mind during your challenge. Use them to adjust accordingly. If you start a challenge and it seems too easy, become aware of that and make it slightly more difficult. If, on the other hand, you find that your challenge is an 800-pound gorilla slobbering down your back, bring it down a notch. As I tell my girlfriend, "simmer down now" (oh, she just loves it when I do that).
So find something in the middle. Something that piques your interest immediately but doesn't seem daunting. OK, got it, not too hard, not too easy... but where do I find such a challenge?
Well, random citizen, I say where do you NOT find a challenge? It's the time of year that every Facebook and Instagram post, every corner of the internet and every group at work, church or school is covered in "30 day challenge this" or "the 4 weeks of No blah challenge." The challenges aren't hard to find. Finding and accomplishing the right one is where it gets interesting.
Another thing to bear in mind is that most challenges are temporary. Even climbing Mount Everest, difficult and deadly as it may be, is only a temporary goal. Once you get to the top, you're done. What now?
You need to stay vigilant upon completing the challenge. It's up to you whether you want to take on another 30 days of no sugar/flour/dairy or if that 28 days of burpees can kiss your... you get the idea. It's a good idea to have your eyes on the next prize as you near the conclusion of your current test.
Next week I should have some information on a special program we run at Sports Village in Lebanon called "Lean in Lebanon" for anybody interested. Think of it like a Biggest Loser-style competition. Last year we had lots of people lose 7, 10, even 12 pounds in 4 weeks. I even had the biggest loser on my team with a whopping 34 pounds!
I'll be back next week with more details about the program. In the meantime, look to challenge yourself to eat a little healthier, be a little more active and, ultimately, to enjoy your life a little more... in the end, that's what it's all about.
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.