It’s happening again. Every year at this time, a familiar crowd of New Year’s ‘resolutionists’ show up at the gym. Some for the very first time and some to try again like last year, but this time, they plan to stick with it. The optimism and energy on the gym floor is palpable.
The sad part is that many people will be gone by mid-February, leaving the regular crowd to its familiar surroundings. I, for one, wish the crowds would stay.
Many of the die-hards at the gym selfishly loathe the newbies who descend upon their hallowed training grounds like white on rice. Just picture a scenario where there are more people waiting for a treadmill or other cardio machines than there are patients waiting to see a cardiologist.
Imagine more people ‘working in’ and sharing machines and less people stuffed into an overbooked physician’s waiting room for an appointment that was supposed to start 45 minutes ago that they waited six weeks to get.
I wish those who start the New Year with high hopes for their health could come in with a tried and true plan for success. Many of these new members would benefit from the help of a personal trainer. Whether it will be an ongoing weekly appointment, or a short term limited run of sessions, personal trainers can help put you on the path to reaching your fitness goals.
For those who are self-motivated and well versed in exercise terminology and have a clear understanding of what it takes, they may find success executing a workout plan from a magazine or book. Unfortunately, I’ve seen too many go this route who either weren’t self-motivated enough to stick with it or weren’t focused enough to create their own plan.
If you decide to read about, learn, and execute a plan, it’s best to have a good base of knowledge to build. Picking up a book about exercise and trying to understand everything, for most people is like trying to learn web design from a book. It’s overwhelming.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could see an upswing in the percentage of individuals who exercise?
It seems that for all the New Year’s resolutions that are made, gym memberships that are sold, and exercise equipment, books and DVD’s that are purchased, that number is virtually unchanged.
Healthcare will only continue to increase unless we do something to help ourselves. The government can’t lower healthcare costs just because they want to. The laws of supply and demand are being dictated by an overall otherwise, unhealthy society. True healthcare reform starts with you.