"This is the year! I'm going to do it! I'm going to follow through on my New Year's resolution to get in shape no matter... how badly it hurts!" Unfortunately, because many of us tend to over extend ourselves during the first week of January, all of the positive energy and enthusiasm created by our aspirations are quickly dampened by sore muscles or even injuries. The injuries stop us in our tracks and the sore muscles transform working out into torture.
When we eventually stop working out - to end the torture - guilt sets in because we've bought into a "no pain, no gain" philosophy that, in the long term, really doesn't serve us well. Moving towards an outlook that embraces "no pain, big gain" as part of our 2010 New Year's Resolutions, is the perfect way to break the old patterns and start fresh. What's the key to "no pain, big gain"? Start slowly and build a foundation of healthy body mechanics.
Tips to Build Successful Fitness Resolutions
- Build a solid foundation of good technique. This enables you to realize fast results while simultaneously preventing injury.
- Start slow and steady. This enables your body to become strong, flexible and prepared to tackle your athletic aspirations.
- Remember that there is always tomorrow. You don't have to hit that athletic goal before the gym closes tonight.
- Find a good teacher or mentor. Working with someone well qualified makes a huge difference in helping you start and stay on the path to long term success.