Fitness & Willpower: It’s Not You, It’s Your Approach

by Marsha Hudnall

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Acquatics funKeeping Your New Year’s Resolution

Was “working out more” your New Year’s resolution? If so, you’re in good company. But are you set up to make this resolution stick? Because research shows that there is:

  • A 50% chance that you will quit your exercise program by Valentine’s Day.
  • A 70% chance you will quit by June 1st.
  • A 90% chance you will quit at this time next year.

No Pain, No Gain, No Good

The reason for these dismal stats has to do the approach taken, which is often “no pain/no gain” exercise.

No pain/no gain exercise is characterized as high intensity, joyless, sometimes even painful exercise, and is widely viewed as the approach necessary to get results. Those results tend to be focused on weight loss, and when weight loss is the primary goal, a common tendency is to try to achieve that result at any cost.

This approach actually kills your willpower. Exercise that entails pain and misery sets up a psychological resistance to movement, and this is especially true for those who are new to exercise and are just beginning to create a foundation of fitness.

This mentality is only perpetuated by the fitness and entertainment industries (think Biggest Loser) because they are capitalizing on what sells (the promise of weight loss), not what works long term.

What to Do When Willpower Vanishes

So, if you find yourself once again placing physical activity last on a long list of priorities, re-evaluate your approach. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you enjoy the activity?
  • Do you exercise to the point of exhaustion?
  • Are conditions in your body exacerbated instead of alleviated with movement? Think joint pain.
  • Are you often painfully sore after working out?

If you answered no to the first question and yes to one or more of the remaining questions, maybe it’s time to rethink your approach in order to make fitness a way of life.

Why Green Mountain?

At Green Mountain, our fitness professionals are specially trained to provide modifications that teach participants how to honor – not override – their body’s cues during movement.  As a result, we often hear from participants, “I never knew exercise could be so much fun!”, or “For the first time in years I can move my body without pain,” and “I finally understand the right way to exercise for me.”

For those who hated exercise before arriving, they leave Green Mountain feeling empowered to continue what they learned when they return home.

We’ll help you make real, liveable changes and start to live the life you want and keep on living it. Join the thousands of women who have taken part in our program that is so much more than an adult weight loss camp, fat farm or boot camp.

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