Every year, nearly 85% of Americans make weight and self-improvement related New Year’s resolutions; and every year, nearly 60% of us can’t maintain that resolution beyond half a year. We all know how important health and balance are in our lives, so why is it that we can’t seem to follow through on such worthwhile promises to ourselves? Let’s see if we can work out some of the reasons behind these broken promises and more importantly, find some ways that we can turn that around throughout the year as we maintain our focus on that which is most critical to us: our well-being! Continue reading
Intimidated by all the bulky exercise machines and huge, mean-looking buffed bods at the big-box gyms? If so, you are definitely not alone. This is one of the main reasons (cough, cough–or excuses) from clients as to why they don’t go to the gym. Unfortunately, so many people avoid the gym because they’re either a) not sure how to use the exercise machines; b) they lack the confidence to give them a try; or c) they’re just too damn intimidated to even walk into a gym.
Why? “Gymtimidation!” It’s that voice inside your head that says “I don’t feel comfortable with my body,” “how am I going to look next to all those fitness fanatics who work out all the time?” “I don’t even know what I should be doing in the gym?” Your ‘meaning making machine’ is always at work and it creates a lot of negative views about the gym.
But gymtimidation is not a reason for not getting exercise, it’s an excuse; and a pretty lame one at that. #Sorrybutnotsorry to be so hard on you, but how else am I supposed to show you how ‘unreasonable’ our behavior can be? Know that a reason is valid and usually unavoidable — ex: “I was late because the train broke down” = reason. Whereas, an excuse is a transparent or perhaps a subtle attempt to shift responsibility away from one’s self — “I was late because I missed the train” = excuse. Continue reading
Ok, let’s be real Greenpoint, we all ate and drank ourselves into oblivion during the holidays and now that 2016 is here, it’s New Year Resolutions time! But as usual, there are going to be challenges. Hey, we all like to indulge as much as the next guy, but it wouldn’t hurt to start this year off on the right track and actually finish what we start. Easier said than done, right? Continue reading