8 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Wait for January to Get in Shape
Guilty! I used to ALWAYS make New Year’s Resolutions on January 1st. And, to be honest, I usually failed. What can I say – I’m not proud of it. I would start super strong (yes, I was that girl that spent 2 hours at the gym!) but, several months, or weeks later, it was over. Dinners, Happy Hours, working later all would get in the way of my best intentions.
But, let’s be real, the first of January is just like any other day of the year. So I want you to shift your mindset with regard to “New Year’s Resolutions”. Why wait for a certain date on the calendar to get started? Why put your health and wellness, which is so important, on the backburner when you can start making improvements now?
Here are 8 reasons why you shouldn’t wait:
Your mindset approaching the holidays will be different.
If you begin to focus on your health and fitness starting now and during the holiday season, you might be less likely to overeat and overindulge. Setting goals now will help to keep you motivated and your mindset will shift from worrying about overindulging to wanting to keep track of what you are doing right, even when you do overeat.
There will be less work to do later.
If you start now, you won’t have more weight to take off after the holidays, but instead, you’ll be in a great place to continue a great habit you started in the Fall!
You’ll learn to overcome challenges.
By starting now you will have to learn to deal with holiday parties, crazy schedules and cold mornings. True, it won’t be easy, but learning to overcome these obstacles now (instead of with the stress and pressure of the New Year) will help to build your confidence and motivation and you’ll already have established healthy habits when most others are only just getting started.
You can ease into your routine.
If you set your goal and start working towards it now you’ll be ahead of the game. Start now so that by the time New Year’s rolls around, exercise and healthy eating will be a daily habit and automatic.
There will never be a ‘perfect time.’
Plain and simple: there’s really no better time than right now to make your health a priority. And you don’t need to spend hours exercising or driving to the gym, you can wake up, do an effective 20-40 minute workout and be out the door (but you do need a plan to follow for your best results!)
You’ll have a little more leeway.
If you remain consistent with your exercise routine starting now, and watch what you eat when you’re not celebrating, any extra calories that you might consume over the holidays will take less of a toll on your waistline. Start now and you’ll have less weight to lose and be in a better place to continue your fitness plan by January.”
You have time to adjust your eating habits.
Starting now means you can implement some healthy eating habits before the endless amounts of decadent holiday treats and will teach you how to practice moderation instead of treating the holiday season like a free-for-all.
Your body doesn’t know the difference.
Truth be told, your body doesn’t know what a new year is nor does it care! Yes, it’s more convenient to start on a Monday, but, in reality, there’s nothing different about the start of a new week, a new month or even a new year. January first is just like any other day, which means there’s really no reason for you not to start right now!