Are Those New Year Resolutions Already Fading Away?
Right about now, all the good fitness intentions of New Year’s resolutions are dropping like needles off a Christmas tree that has overstayed its welcome after the holidays. Why is it that something so good for us, such as exercise, is so difficult to fit into our busy lives? Why do gyms sell thousands of memberships but know that only 18% of those people will actually use them to workout?
The answer lies in what we perceive as pleasure versus pain. The 18% of those who go to the gym see the results of their hard work as something highly valued and pleasurable. After all, one of the top two things that most people worry about is their appearance and growing old.
The other 82% associate pain with the gym. According to Huffpost “4 Reasons People Quit On Fitness Goals (And How To Solve Them)” the top reasons people stop going to the gym are because:
- Life is hectic.
- There is no accountability or consequences for quitting.
- People have unrealistic expectations.
- They find the workouts boring and unenjoyable.
We will always gravitate toward what causes us less pain. But what is flawed with this mindset is that avoiding exercise now (pleasure), may fester into great pain with illness later in life.
So how do you avoid the top 4 reasons not to workout and flip your perception of exercise to something valued and pleasurable?
The top 4 ways to achieve this are:
- Pick a physical activity you love to do.
- Find something that also has you learning a new skill.
- Do an activity in which you can set small, measurable goals.
- Be with other like minded people who can offer you support.
When all 4 of these strategies are put in place, you will find that you will:
- Make time to workout.
- Feel accountable to your training partners and instructor.
- See progress relatively quickly.
- Look forward to your workouts instead of dreading them.
Krav Maga is the perfect blend of self defense and fitness.
Krav Maga is a perfect example of a fitness workout that thousands of people truly enjoy. You get to hit things (just not each other), release stress and escape for an hour from the worries of the day. Your workout will have an emphasis on building your striking skills through the use of focus pads, shields and heavy bags. Gain new levels of confidence and learn how to defend yourself and your family.
Other styles of self defense such as Karate, Judo, or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) which can take years to master. With Krav Maga, you will see progress within a shorter amount of time as you build your skills.
As an added benefit, the resistance of striking also provides a great workout by increasing your endurance and building lean muscle. Many people experience weight loss as an added bonus due to the cardio and resistance training in class. Develop your body’s natural weapons of hands, arms, elbows, palms, fists and legs to defend against an assault.
New people and more experienced students train together in class. Many strong friendships have formed among students, which provides the support most people need in order to stick to their workout. There is a tremendous amount of camaraderie in class. You also will feel great as you do things you thought you could never do.
Krav Maga will stimulate your mind by teaching you how to harness your natural instincts to defend against common day to day situations (unfortunately) in life that can turn ugly like being assaulted while jogging, getting in your car, walking in a parking garage late at night due to work, having someone break into your home and the list goes on. You will learn about situational awareness and how not to freeze in a high stress situation.
If you have tried other fitness workouts and did not get results, take a Krav Maga class. Discover a new chapter that awaits being opened in your life. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for 3 trial classes!