Please Don’t Make A New Year’s Fitness Resolution


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It’s that time of year again. The time when most people set a New Year’s fitness resolution.

The concept of setting New Year’s resolutions goes back around 4,000 years. Babylonians would use their new year (in March, not January) to set intentions.

In 46 BC, Julius Caesar changed the date of the New Year to January to honor the god Janus, who “looked backward into the previous year and ahead into the future, the Romans offered sacrifices to the deity and made promises of good conduct for the coming year.”

Eventually, we shifted from making resolutions to the gods to making resolutions to ourselves.

This is when we resolve to do things to improve ourselves or to act with service towards others. They often are New Year’s fitness resolutions.

Today, over half of the population in the U.S. sets resolutions, but only 8-12% of people see them through

Yet, we keep creating resolutions every single year!

What’s the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

What’s Wrong With a New Year’s Fitness Resolution?

Why do we continue to do the same thing and expect a different result? Because we are hopeful. There’s something about the holidays that instills hope in us. Hope for a new beginning. Hope for peace on earth. Hope for a better life.

There’s nothing wrong with hope. I’d much rather have hope than fear, that’s for sure.

There’s also nothing wrong with wanting to be better, to improve the self.

What is ‘wrong’ is that we keep trying all of these quick schemes that make us believe that we can get the results while doing minimal work.

Sometimes, we can. Most other times, we get in our own way to success.

We can’t run away from our habits that are ingrained within us. While we can will ourselves through just about anything, our environment (internal and external) is stronger than our willpower.

Usually, we need a little help to create new habits.

What If You Did Something Radical?

What if you committed to not making a New Year’s fitness resolution?

What if you stopped resolving to do what you’ve always wanted to do, and just did it? It doesn’t matter if it’s January 1, December 22, or June 26.

What if you just decided to live your life a certain way and acted accordingly? Does it have to be January 1?

You might be thinking, “But Heather, you don’t understand. I have these events coming up and it’s the holidays and I just want to enjoy myself.”

Fair enough.

Let’s say that you start your New Year’s fitness resolution on January 1.

The first week is quiet, you’re back into your normal routine. The second week has a little more chaos, but you get through it unscathed. The third week features business dinners, family events, and pretty much anything you can think of.

Then you get off track and say “I’ll start up again next week.” Next week becomes the week after, and the week after that and the next thing you know, it’s November again and you’re thinking about your resolutions for next year.

Life is always going to happen. It’s going to happen whether you start now, tomorrow, January 1, June 28.

Building New Habits

There are a few things that will help you make a huge change now. The first is making the decision to do something completely different. The second is knowing what habits you need to change and creating new ones. These habits may be how you think about yourself and losing weight, or they may be something as simple as weight loss tips like eating smaller portions and drinking water. 

The third thing is going to be the most difficult. That’s self-discipline. There’s a difference between being motivated and having self-discipline, which is doing something even when you don’t feel like it. 

When you break through that resistance, your confidence will grow. You’ll start to see results. You just have to be patient and consistent. 

That’s a pretty radical shift from making a New Year’s Fitness Resolution, isn’t it?

Make a Powerful Choice Now

If you’re going to make the commitment to yourself, do it now.

There’s a massive difference between knowing what you’re going to do and living from that place. Acting in accordance with who you truly are and the life you want to create will overcome your past.

Those habits, beliefs, thoughts that took years to build up can be broken with a choice. It really is simple. The path may not be easy, but the act of making a choice is.

You always have a choice. You can choose to stay where you’re at or you can choose to change.

There is no right or wrong in the decision. Make the decision and live from that decision.

The choice is yours.

Need help breaking old habits? Contact me today for a complimentary fitness coaching session.

Heather McDaniel

Heather McDaniel


Hi, I’m Heather. I got fed up with women investing time and energy in chasing health & fitness fads that don’t get the results they need, so I created a habit-based fitness coaching program that helps busy women feel like the superwomen they truly are. 

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