Fitness, getting slim and having a
healthy physic are among the first five resolutions every year. Fitness geeks
around the world say that it is best to start today with healthy physic rather
than postponing the resolution for some other day or occasion. People set goals only when they
believe that something is unrealistic, pressure-filled and difficult to be
achieved, says Gregory Chertok, a sports psychology consultant, the American
College of Sports Medicine.
Study published in the Journal
of Clinical Psychology
by the University of Scranton says, that only 8
percent of the 45 percent Americans who set New Year's resolutions succeed with
"The New Year's resolution is a
kind of grand, glorified, long-term goal that people, for societal reasons,
tend to begin on the first day of the calendar year," - Gregory Chertok. He
suggests that best results can be achieved by setting goals that don't depend
up on the calendar.
"If there is a fitness need, such
as to increase strength or decrease body fat, I say, 'Let's make a plan now,'"
said Dr. Michele Olson, professor of exercise science, Auburn University
Montgomery. She also added that it is most essential to set a long-term plan
with short-term goals. "This is why athletes stay in shape year-round. They
have a program scheduled and planned over an entire year with variation, rest
days, more-intense and less-intense workout periods," she said. "It's like
one's job: there's very little vacation time."
Dr. Cedric X. Bryant, Chief Science
Officer, the American Council on Exercise says: "People don't take time to
celebrate the little successes. Because they're so focused on, say, an
arbitrary weight goal, they don't notice that they are sleeping better or
feeling less anxious."