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Northeast Today


February 10
12:29 2020

Anuraag Jaiswar


So it’s New Year’s, the time for new beginnings and ‘Resolutions’. It’s probably the favourite time for the gyms as the membership sales are at the highest of all the time of the year. Yes, most of you will join the gym as it is a part of your “New Year’s Resolution” but won’t go more than a week or a month while some of you will be able to pull it off for a couple of months but eventually quit before achieving that ultimate fitness goal. But if you ask me, you are not to be blamed completely for it!

So, let’s analyze. What does actually happens when you take up the resolution:

Joining a Gym- First and foremost, you would join a gym. Because that is the place where you transform. Right?

Additional activity- So you are a person with several tasks and concerns in a day. And now you’ve just added one more to your list…

Changed food habits- You were chunking on rice and curries and whatever you like but now your trainer has asked you to maintain some distance with some of your favourite dishes, have egg whites and salads and this and that all day long, day in and day out.

Dumbbells and barbells- You (some of) can’t remember the last time you lifted a box at home and all of a sudden, they happen to you. Squats, bench presses, bicep curls are now a major part of your life!

And not just that, most of you go through quite some psychological buildup at the same time:

Improper(or unrealistic) goal setting-

“What a fantastic body this model/actor/ athlete has… I know now just exactly what I want!” is what happens in most cases than “Okay, I need to decrease my body fat to this amount and increase my muscle mass up to this.” without even a quick Google research about the lifestyle of that particular model/actor/athlete (which makes the goal unrealistic) that leads to the next, which is,

Goal pressure- Like if there was anyway so you could achieve it right now! Some of you even think of it as a process that will get over. Now  that’s exactly how you do not do it.

So, what to do? How to do it? And how to make it possible and all the efforts a success this time? Well, good news! There’s no need to panic. Just read further.

Now that I have your attention, I want to discuss a few tricks and treats for you that you can give a shot at ‘if ’ you really want it to work for you this time. Here:

Overwhelm yourself only to quit- First  of all, just be aware of a few things before you jump in without a clear vision of what you want, how exactly to achieve it and the amount of  effort you are ready to put in. Yes, you will go through some major lifestyle changes like the addition of a regular activity and a little more protein and veggies than your usual portion for instance. You cannot escape that. Also, bigger goals require a greater level of dedication. So unless you’re sure to not be overwhelmed by it, you might want to take it slow and re-discuss about the amount of effort you can actually put in and also be prepared for the realistic results of your effort. Decide accordingly, wisely and realistically.

Do what you enjoy and vice versa- Don’t be a sheep when you want to achieve something. Why limit yourself to just one particular activity when there are so many options available these days. I’m saying this because I’ve come across some people who do not like to train weights but do so only because somebody told them that that is the only way. But wasn’t being “happy” about yourself the ultimate goal? I would personally do suggest muscle specific workouts as the first priority but it’s okay. Go Zumba, go Yoga, go Kickboxing. Just play along. You deserve to enjoy your “me time”.

Don’t ignore your taste buds- So you grow up having those rice and delicacies and all of a sudden they seem bad to you so you start eating tasteless stuff and food items some of which you possibly haven’t heard the names before because somebody said so. If you ask me personally, it’s a sin! I’m a fitness instructor but I’m also a foodie and I can’t imagine life without tasty food. Healthy  does  not mean tasteless. All you need to do is check your macros not your taste buds. It’s okay to fry your food in a little oil (especially when there are healthier options available nowadays) or to throw in some spices in it unless you are not an athlete preparing for a competition or someone who needs to keep check of every calorie for purpose.

Aim for Lifestyle transformation before a physical transformation- Now this- is the task. Understand that how you appear right now is completely respective to how you have treated yourself in the past (unless you have any medical explanation for  it).  It  is  temporary.  You  take up good habits, it will start reflecting in your appearance but if you quit the same, that will start reflecting too. Going through a physical transformation program will benefit you no better if you do not adopt a lifestyle that would nurture your results, so, maybe its time you give it a right thought.

Concluding everything, keep it simple; keep it durable and remember, as long as you keep things interesting for yourself, they are more likely to last. Happy New Year’s resolution!

The writer is a certified fitness expert. Having worked with brands like Talwalkers and Golds Gym at present he is the Strength and Conditioning Coach & Nutrition Consultant of Guwahati City Football Club.

Insta Handle: @the_badtrainer


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