As the end of the year approaches, many of us start thinking about New Year's resolutions or setting intentions. It's common to set fitness goals and have the mindset to start working out regularly once the calendar flips. However, waiting until the new year to begin an exercise routine might not be the best approach. In fact, delaying the start of your fitness journey could hinder your progress in the long run.
Here are some reasons why you shouldn't wait until the new year to start working out.
Every Day Is a New Beginning.
It sounds good to start something (or pick something back up) at the start of a new year or season. But take a moment to think about if that is the right time for YOU.
Start when you are ready so that you are not feeling the pressure to keep up with everyone.
Start when you are ready because you have given yourself permission to be and do YOU when YOU feel like it.
While the start of a new year can be motivating, it's essential to recognize that every day presents an opportunity for a fresh start. Delaying exercise until January 1st can result in lost time that you could use to build healthier habits and achieve your goals.
Establishing Consistency Takes Time.
Consistency is key when it comes to fitness. Starting early allows you to establish a routine, adapt to it, and make it a habit before the rush of the new year. By starting now, you'll be ahead in creating a consistent workout schedule. What better time to get things going so that you can already be in a routine than now.
Avoiding the New Year Rush.
Gyms tend to be overcrowded in January, making it difficult to access equipment or attend classes. By starting your fitness routine earlier, you can avoid the rush and get comfortable with your workout environment before it gets too crowded.
If you are a gym goer and have already started working out, your chances of feeling discouraged will be minimal to none because you already have the mindset to push through. Plus, the new gym goers will soon fall off and you will keep going.
Immediate Health Benefits.
Exercise offers immediate benefits, including improved mood, increased energy levels, and better sleep. By delaying your start, you're missing out on these positive effects that can significantly enhance your overall well-being.
Start improving your mood NOW and be ready to take on what may come your way in the new year with an added benefit of alleviating your stress because of your workout routine.
Head into the new year with renewed energy because of your increased energy levels.
Rest better now because you have already set your plan in motion (because you are in motion).
Starting now allows you to build momentum and progress gradually. You'll have a head start in achieving your fitness goals, which can be a great motivator to keep pushing forward.
There will be days when you will not want to workout. Building up to a routine that fits your schedule and life demands early on can help you overcome those days when you do not feel like putting on your workout clothes. Building that momentum now puts you above the curve of the January firsters.
Setting Realistic Expectations.
Beginning your fitness journey early allows you to set realistic expectations. It gives you time to assess your starting point, set achievable goals, and plan a strategy that suits your lifestyle.
This will cause less discouragement and disappointment. No matter where you are in your fitness journey, you can adjust. Staring now allows you to make those adjustments that are aligned with you as the focal point and not everyone else who begins their fitness journey at the start of the year.
Creating Lasting Change.
Waiting for the new year might give a false sense of commitment that can fade quickly. By starting now, you're demonstrating a genuine desire for change and increasing the likelihood of making exercise a lifelong habit.
Remember, starting your fitness journey doesn't have to involve intense workouts right away. Begin with small, manageable steps like taking walks, trying at-home workouts, or joining fitness classes. The key is to start moving and gradually increase the intensity as you become more comfortable. If these activities seem a bit much, start by simply stretching. Everyday. The goal is to create habits and stay consistent.
Ultimately, the decision to start exercising now rather than waiting until the new year can significantly impact your journey towards a healthier lifestyle. By taking action today, you're investing in your well-being and paving the way for a more active and fulfilling future. Don't wait for a particular date on the calendar—start working out now and embrace the positive changes it can bring to your life. And remember, if you fall off, get back on…even if that is every week or month.