Starting a Fitness Plan during the Holidays is a Bad Idea

fitnessBy Kelly Huggins

Just around the corner the New Year is upon us. Typical is the New Year’s resolution (which typically isn’t resolved) in which you may say, “I’m going to lose weight.” This is really no surprise considering that the holiday season is the time of gluttony and weight gain.

Now, it has been said that the typical person gains 5, 10 pounds or something like that during the holidays. From what I understand, this is an actual myth too. However, weight gain can still occur with many, it’s just not as much as what many have said.

Real point I want to get at is this…

If your plan is to wait till the first of the year to begin a program, you are more likely to fail. Studies show that those who make New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, may do well in the first few weeks. However, you will drop out of the program you are doing within the first few weeks. Studies also show that those who focus on weight loss alone are more likely to fail. As you may lose weight at first, you will gain it all back with interest.

Now, here is even more bad news. All of the information I mentioned is true at just about any time of year. The reason is (once again), if your focus is only on losing weight, you are more likely to gain the weight back. However, if you plan to focus on improving health (i.e. improve strength, improve blood pressure, improve bone strength, etc.) and other factors such as improving muscle tone and improving flexibility, you are more likely to succeed.

Interestingly, some of my most successful clients started in November and December. If you have made a decision to truly change your lifestyle and improve your health, there is no better time to start than now (whether you use a personal trainer or not). One of my favorite sayings is, “Tomorrow is too late too get in shape!”

source - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution