...Make a New You Per­sonal Res­o­lu­tion!

Mountain Bike for Her - - Fitness - Words by Ja­clyn Delacroix

Per­cent­age of peo­ple who are suc­cess­ful in achiev­ing their New Year’s res­o­lu­tion: 8%. Yes, that’s it. Not even dou­ble dig­its. What is the #1 res­o­lu­tion that peo­ple make? Lose weight. So why is it ev­ery year so many peo­ple wait for New Year’s to make the prom­ise to make changes? I’ve never un­der­stood it, and no, I don’t make a new year’s res­o­lu­tion. Here’s why you shouldn’t ei­ther.

New Year’s res­o­lu­tions by their very na­ture are a cause for fail­ure, and in my world of fit­ness, I be­lieve ev­ery­thing we do should be a step to­wards suc­cess. New Year’s res­o­lu­tions are of­ten made the spur of the mo­ment based on what you think you would like to change in your fu­ture. No real mo­ti­va­tion, no com­mit­ment and no ac­count­abil­ity. So now that we know why res­o­lu­tions don’t work, how can we make changes in our life to at­tain a new weight-loss goal and stick to it?

So what MO­TI­VATES you? You have a vague goal, and it’s of­ten “I wanna get fit­ter/faster/ bet­ter” or “I’m do­ing [In­sert spe­cific some­what long dis­tance race/multi day event here] and I want to sur­vive it” That’s a great start! Now let’s re­ally think about what you want to achieve. Fit­ter/Faster/Bet­ter isn’t an end goal, it should be more of an ev­ery­day goal. Why do you re­ally want to get Fit­ter/Faster/Bet­ter? To keep up with friends? To last all day in the bike park? To do some epic XC ride you’ve al­ways felt you weren’t fit enough for? Even all of the above! Write it down. Set a date, this is now your goal, and yes, when it ex­pires pick an­other one.

As for races, you know when you need to be fit enough to sur­vive it so let’s re­fine that goal. “I want to not be last” is a good start but you can do bet­ter. “I want to come in sub 3 hours.” “I want to be in the top 10 in my cat­e­gory.” Hell, mine is “I want to come first.” You need to al­ways set the bar higher than you think is pos­si­ble to at­tain. Then when you do make it, the feel­ing of suc­cess is that much sweeter.

COM­MIT to one change at a time. If your cur­rent life sched­ule goes some­thing like this: “I ride bikes or go ski­ing on the week­end and a cou­ple of days dur­ing the week. Oh, it’s win­ter... I might add a spin class in there. Some­one said I should go to the gym... Gym! Who has time for that?” Then you sound like many of the moun­tain bik­ers I have trained.

Un­less you are one of those rare an­i­mals with great de­ter­mi­na­tion (a.k.a. stub­born­ness), go­ing from a “do it when­ever” sched­ule to a 7 day a week struc­tured sched­ule may not go so well. Change one thing and make it a con­stant. “I am go­ing to spin class ev­ery Thurs­day at 7pm.” “I am go­ing to the gym two days a week, Mon­day and Thurs­day.” Pick your con­stant and stick to it. Your cal­en­dar now re­volves around that one change. Once you have this new con­stant down for 4-6 weeks, it’s time to add some­thing else. What hap­pens is over sev­eral months, you re­train your­self to work to a sched­ule. And the best thing of all, you’ll more likely stick to it.

But what about AC­COUNT­ABIL­ITY? First and fore­most, you should be do­ing some­thing be­cause deep down in­side it’s what you want to do. We are accountable to our­selves be­fore we are ever accountable to any­one else. But be­cause we are crea­tures of ego, make your­self accountable to one other per­son. Your part­ner, a friend, your trainer! My clients know they are accountable to me, and that helps get them re­sults, along with my amaz­ing train­ing pro­grams, ob­vi­ously! You do not need to be accountable to the whole world: post­ing it on Face­book or some other so­cial me­dia av­enue can ac­tu­ally be coun­ter­pro­duc­tive.

So take this away from to­day’s ar­ti­cle... If you did make a New Year’s Res­o­lu­tion and it failed, time to make a New You Per­sonal Res­o­lu­tion. I’ve just given you all the key points you need to make a change and make it per­ma­nent. Re­mem­ber Mo­ti­va­tion, Com­mit­ment & Ac­count­abil­ity will make your goals and as­pi­ra­tions re­al­ity.

Photo: Ja­clyn Delacroix

Work­ing to­wards those Epic Alpine Rides.

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