First blog post of 2012 – welcome! Hope you all had a terrific Christmas and a safe new year.
I want to share a little bit about the direction Lang Athletics will be heading this year as well as discuss resolutions (since it is that time of year you know…). As always, the focus of our content will be health and fitness related; although I don’t want to limit ourselves to diet and exercise. We should all be well aware that our health and vitality go beyond the kitchen and the gym. So with that in mind, let’s get 2012 started on the right foot (because the left isn’t as cool) and make this a great year in all areas of life.
The Death of Resolutions
Have you noticed how New Year’s resolutions have become an on-going joke in our country and society? (If not, check your pulse because chances are it has stopped for some substantial amount of time) Quite often we vow to quit some bad habit, eat really healthy, and lose that holiday weight (even though we put that weight on all 365 days of the year, not just the last two weeks).
Then February 1st rolls around…and voila! No more resolutions. Because honestly, NO ONE EXPECTS you to keep your resolutions. And we accept that as normal. The status quo is to make some noble resolution that will better yourself in the new year and dabble around with it for a month…two if you’re really dedicated.
Does anyone say hogwash anymore?? Regardless, our overall tolerance (I dislike that word) for laziness, underachievement, and accepting mediocrity has gotten out of hand. And while our health and waistlines may be the biggest culprit of this attitude, it extends to many other areas of life.
“So how do we change this?” you might be asking yourself. That is a good question. I don’t have a simple answer. Wish I did, but I do know we (you and I both) can change if we really want to. It takes a decision, followed by action. It’s the choices we make everyday. It’s the people we surround ourselves with. It’s what we read and watch and listen to. It’s what we eat*.
*Beyond the potential exception of your parents during your formidable years, you have no one to blame for being fat or out of shape except yourself.
I know that sounds a bit harsh, but ultimately you made the decision to put whatever food it was into your mouth and chew and swallow. The choice to exercise, and subsequently not, was made by you. Blaming fast-food restaurants and technology and busy schedules is yet another action you have made. (I’m ranting a bit, yes, but not to condemn or pass judgment. Hang with me here)
Just as there have been multitudes of choices made to get us to where we are at this very point, there lies before us a multitude more. The book of our life is still being written. Before I get too cliché, just remember that where you’re at now doesn’t have to be where you finish. It could be if things are great now, but chances are life will change and we’ll want to as well. Make it happen.
I’m feeling long winded as I sit typing here, so let’s get to some meat and potatoes…
2012 for Lang Athletics:
- I’ve got plenty of ideas and information to share, so I would like to hold myself accountable for doing so. At least 1 post a week, if not more.
- Videos that share not only what we’ve been doing in the gym but that can give you ideas and knowledge to use in your own fitness pursuits. And guys lifting heavy stuff, hopefully to inspire you 🙂
- “Teach a man to fish…” While I want our content to be relevant, practical, and easy to apply, we’ll occasionally dive into more detail about why we do what we do. I could make a workout routine that will make you tired and sweaty, but we’re all different and need different elements to make a workout specific to the individual.
Habits, Not Resolutions
As discussed, it is our choices made on a daily basis that get us to wherever it is we’re going. Consistency is key to achieving any goal you set, whether weight-loss or not.
So, we know we want to get healthier this year (lose weight, build muscle, improve diet, etc.) but where to start? Quite often January 1st means a complete overhaul of one’s actions and behaviors. Also as discussed, this Isn’t working. It is simply too much change at once and will lead to burnout almost without fail.
Making small changes, gradually, will be much less of a shock to your system (both physiologically and psychologically) and will be easier to maintain. Classic example: have you or someone you know ever tried a fad diet, lost a decent amount of weight, only to gain it all back once off the diet? It wasn’t the diet that didn’t work; it was the process of changing that behavior.
Change just one thing about your current habits, whether it relates to your diet or exercise or whatever. Make it a small change and give it 1 to 2 weeks. Really. Set yourself up for success by having just one small goal and achieving it everyday for that week or two. Then, add one small, new, positive habit. It may not seem like much to start, but after 3 months you could have 6 or 7 new, healthy habits. It you had tried to change all 6 or 7 of those at once, risk for burnout – and thus giving them all up – increases significantly.
“Slow cook ‘em”
Although the years seem to fly by, looking ahead 365 days from now can be a bit overwhelming and far off. But if you’d like to enter 2013 (if the world doesn’t end…) better than 2012, start slow and stay the course.
Behavioral change is not a sprint.
Health is a lifestyle, not a fad program or gizmo.
We often know what we should be doing…so let’s start doing it!
Happy New Year. Let’s get after it 🙂
“Live like no one else, so later, you can live like no one else”