First of all, Happy Christmas. I hope you’re looking forward to a great few weeks ahead.
As is the case most years, The new year follows shortly after Christmas, and with it, the mindset that ‘I’ll get started in the new year’.
What that mindset really means is that health starts on a certain date, and when that date arrives, I will change all the lifestyle habits that need changing.
But until that date arrives in a few weeks time, I’ll just keep going the way I have ben going- no point getting started before then because it’s Christmas and I really want to enjoy it.
But the problem with this approach is that January 1st, 5th, 7th, etc. is the exact same as December 15th, 20th or 27th.
Of course there is nice momentum in the new year, but if you can’t make a few simple changes right now, why would January be any different when you are planning on making multiple changes all at once?
Sustainable health and fitness doesn’t require you to make lots of changes in a very small period of time, which is the approach that the majority of people take in January when they are driven by the guilt of over-indulging, the novelty of the new year, etc.
Fit, healthy people don’t take this approach. They are definitely gearing up to enjoy the holidays and everything that’s on offer, but it’s just another part of the year.
They understand that they can and should still keep up their healthy habits while enjoying extra food, drinks, nights out, etc., and not drop them all until the new year.
They’ll still drink their water, get some workouts in, eat their veggies, etc. In their minds, why wouldn’t they?
So if you’re planning on getting started in the new year, why not just get started now with a few simple habits that will in no way whatsoever take away from your Christmas?
Sadly, for the majority of people, when it comes to their health and fitness, nothing changes in the new year.
If you want to truly make an impact on your health in the new year, get started now with 1 or 2 of these habits, so that when the new year arrives, you’re already in the swing of making positive changes and not getting carried away with the short-lived novelty of new year resolutions.
Have a great Christmas and treat yourself too a healthier new year by getting started before it arrives.