Monday, December 31, 2018

Pick a resolution you can stick with!

Slow-motion high-intensity strength training is a perfect solution to make your 2019 healthier and stronger.
It's the most cliche topic in the fitness industry — New Year's Resolutions.

We all have the best of intentions, but there's a reason there are jokes about the people who populate the gym for the first two weeks of January.

For the most part, there's a really good reason for this. It's not because they're lazy, or unmotivated, or a bad person — it's probably because the workout they chosen wasn't right for them.

Most people open a magazine, pick whatever looks the most fun and go at it 100 percent on Jan. 1, only to burn out two weeks later and quit because of an injury, lack of time or lack of results. This leads to frustration and guilt. They think, "Oh I missed a workout, so much for that," and it's really easy to just slack off for the rest of the week, month and eventually year.

The problem with those magazine workouts is there's not a lot of science behind them. A large majority of fitness publications are there solely to sell you supplements, and the writers and editors need to have a brand new routine every issue to fit between the protein powder ads.

So the secret to keeping a resolution is pretty simple — pick something you can stick with. But if you really want to get results, that workout needs to meet a few criteria:

  • Time efficient: In order to keep a resolution, you have to have the time to keep it. The No. 1 excuse for not exercising is not having enough time, so picking something you can get done in 20-30 minutes once or twice a week is imperative.
  • Safety: In order to keep a resolution, you have to be able to physically do it. Getting injured not only defeats the entire purpose of exercise, but a serious injury can lay you up for a long time, making you worse off than you were before you started exercising. Make sure to pick movements that are bio-mechanically correct, and perform them with good form.
  • Intensity: A lot of people give up on their resolutions because they're just not seeing the results they want. Unfortunately, a lot of people have distorted views of what they're genetically capable of accomplishing, but a lot of people also do not workout nearly hard enough to produce the results they are after. You have to give your body a really good reason to change, because it would rather just stay comfy and cozy.
It's great you've decided to make some changes for the better in 2019, but make sure those changes have meaning and purpose behind them, and chose a path that will get you there safely and efficiently.

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