Don’t Buy a “Quick Fix” for New Years

This time of year, the most common resolution involves fitness. Unfortunately most of what is being sold out there is unrealistic and short-term.

Lose 100 pounds in 45 days!

Drop six million inches off your waist in just 2 weeks!

Build 20 lbs of muscle in one month!

I hate to rain on ignorance parades, but these kinds of things are ridiculous–and they are too finite.new-year-resolutions

Let’s think about this for a second. Whatever you’re looking to improve in your life, things are currently this way based on your actions. For example, if you’re overweight, it’s typically a combination of a lack of healthy food habits and exercise over the long term.

So these finite goals, shouldn’t be an end-point–but need to be treated as an entry point. A kick-start, if you will.

Because even if a person does achieve results on a short term program–(which they most definitely can!) there has to be a way to sustain whatever new behavior helped them achieve those results.

I was perusing a competing gyms “Diet Plan” to be paired with high intensity exercise, and noticed that the daily caloric intake ranged from 750 to 1200. This would certainly cause a caloric deficit which would assist in fat-loss, but it isn’t sustainable. The other problem was that this plan was for anyone regardless of weight/age/gender.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the following are the recommended calorie guidelines:Calorie Chart

Now it should come as a bit of a HUGE surprise that the above mentioned “Diet Plan” for very active adults has a similar caloric intake of a 2-3 year old sedentary child. The point, is that this is not a sustainable behavior. Your hormones, metabolism, and overall health can be damaged by these extreme diet and exercise plans. You have to remember to always be thinking long term.

It’s very common for someone to achieve results, and then quickly slide back to where they started because the plan that got them those results, simply could not be maintained over the long term.

As tempting as it may be, buying an “end goal” as a new years resolution is short-sighted, and not conducive to long-term success.

Instead, buy a great entry point; Find a plan that you can sustain, that will continue to make you better over the long term.

This plan should include things like, fun, injury prevention, and, of course–results. We offer all of these at Ambition Athletics, so come join the team!

2016 Kick-Start Special : We are offering 30 days of Group Classes for $30 at Ambition Athletics through the end of January. New clients only and limited space available. Sign up here: 30 days for $30

Better every day,
-Max