January 2010 – A Successful New Year’s Resolution!
Last year I wrote an article called “A ‘NEW’ New Year’s Resolution”. In it I describe some simple ways to create a resolution and then how to stick with it. This year I will tell you the most common mistake people make and how to avoid it. It is not what you are expecting. In truth, what I am about to tell you may be quite surprising! What will make this disclosure even more surprising is that it is coming from a personal trainer. So what is it?
Yes, over-commitment is the number 1 reason people fail to keep their resolutions. What is over-commitment? The following are 2 simple examples of over-commitment:
1) A person decides to get a nice tan in the summer. The first day of hot summer sun they spend 3-4 hours outside in the sun. What do you think will happen to them? Of course, they will get a significant sun burn which is very painful to say the least.
2) A person decides that they are going to learn how to swim. The first day at the pool they immediately jump into the deep end. What do you think will happen to them? They will most likely have a near death experience and become terrified of water.
As you can see, the results of over-commitment are usually not positive. Well, it is no different with health and exercise. However, year after year at this time, I see people making the mistake of purchasing annual memberships at health clubs, going on crash diets, or even spending thousands of dollars on personal training sessions. If you are planning on making any of these decisions this year, I suggest that you take the following recommendations into consideration.
Here is how to make more sensible decisions this year:
Annual memberships at a health club – Health clubs love this time of year as many people rush to buy annual memberships. The problem with this decision is that the majority of people who purchase annual memberships will only use it for no longer than two months. Therefore, I recommend that you only purchase a month or two of club membership usage. Conveniently, most health clubs offer a one month free trial so make sure you take advantage of this opportunity. After using the health club for a month or two, you will have a better understanding of whether or not an annual membership is a sensible decision for you. This recommendation can save you from wasting your money.
Crash diet – Crash diets are designed to make you lose weight quickly. However, there are many serious effects to this decision. In truth, crash dieting is terrible at any time of the year and like most, you will end up gaining all the weight back you lost anyway (often more!). Instead of crash dieting, choose to find a meal plan or diet that is right for you. I always recommend The Metabolic Typing Diet by Dr. William Wolcott. This is the best program I have found when it comes to customized nutrition plans and it is reasonably priced.
Thousands of dollars in personal training sessions – Why would I, a personal trainer, be telling you not to buy thousands of dollars in personal training sessions? Well, this is because of the way I measure success. I measure success not by how much money I earn but by how effectively I guide my clients toward achieving their goals. If I measured success by how much money I earned then I would be suggesting that you purchase as many sessions as possible. However, I want to see people succeed more than anything else. With that being said, here are some reasons why you would not want to purchase numerous training sessions. For one, you might not get along with the personal trainer or their training style. This is a common occurrence as every personal trainer is unique. Another reason can be that you immediately discover your lifestyle is too unpredictable to maintain your appointments with your personal trainer. This can cause you to be too inconsistent with your training which leads to minimal results and wasted money. Therefore, you should always purchase a trial package (no more than 6 sessions or $400) as this will help you determine whether or not the personal trainer and personal training will work for you. If you discover that it does work for you, then you can go ahead and purchase as many sessions as you prefer. Therefore, look for a personal trainer that offers trial packages. Remember, a personal trainer that is confident in their services will usually have trial packages available at a low cost.
To give you an example of a trial package, below is one I am using this month that you may be interested in taking advantage of:
For this month only, I am offering a Special New Year’s Resolution Trial Package. It is 50% less than my regular Trial Package price!
6 (30 minute) sessions for only $120!
[30 minute sessions are a great alternative for people who cannot afford (financially, time, or energy) 1 hour sessions. I have clients who have taken advantage of this option and they love it. The sessions are short and sweet. And ‘sweet’ means very effective!]
3 (1 hour) sessions for $100!
If you know someone who may benefit from this offer, feel free to pass it on to them.
I hope this article prevents you from making some bad decisions. I look forward to guiding you toward your health and fitness goals this year!
Happy New Year,
By Sal Crispo
Vaughan Personal Trainer