Changing Words into Action, or, Oh God, This is Gonna Hurt

This is another article written for an Algonquin Fitness Zone newsletter.  It was written about the common New Year’s resolution to get in shape, but it’s really about making change and committing to it.  That’s a message which bears repeating.  Especially as this is the time that this year’s batch of Resolutions start to disappear from the gym and crawl back under their rocks.  (Don’t do it!!) Enjoy!

Ahhhh… January! It is the time of cold, snow and resolutions! As a new year begins many people look to make positive lifestyle changes. For many of those people, that decision leads them to a gym. Some of them are arriving there for the first time, some of them for the first time in years, but they all have one thing in common… they want to make a change in their lives. The nature of that change may vary from individual to individual (some may feel they are too big, while others may feel they are too small), but the details are unimportant. The common denominator is that their status quo is no longer acceptable to them.

I can relate to this as I made my first real foray into the gym as a New Year’s Resolution. I can even specifically remember the moment all those years ago that I stood in front of my mirror in residence and told myself that I could do better. Looking back I recognize that as a major turning point in my life, it was the day that my words began to change into actions. I would love to be able to tell you that after that moment every-thing was easy, that all the pieces fell into place and my workouts practically did themselves. Unfortunately, that would be a lie. I had only taken the first step of an endless journey, and the road ahead of me was paved with a lot of learning and more than a few awkward moments (ie. being stuck on a decline bench unable to lift the bar off my chest and having to roll it painfully up my torso just so I could sit up, but that’s not important right now). The truth is that it only takes a second to make a resolution, but living up to it takes effort every day. Recognizing the need for change is a critical first step, but it must be followed up by a commitment to making that change happen. Without commitment our words are just words, and just in case anybody has been mislead, words don’t do a lot of push-ups.

For every new Fitness-Zoner who has made it far enough to be standing here reading this newsletter, I applaud you and welcome you to the Fitness Zone! For those of you who haven’t, what are you waiting for?  It is a great gym with friendly staff who would love to give you a spot, answer questions or just talk shop. It is also important for you to know that this is YOUR gym! You have just as much right to be in here as the gorilla in the corner military pressing a squat rack and the yoga queen juggling kettle bells while running on the treadmill. Success around here isn’t measured by the shape that you are in but by the effort that you give. Now I challenge you to do the work. I challenge you to put in the effort and put in the time required to start your journey towards your personal goals. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither will your dream physique, but today is the day that you start.

P.S. If you have started and are thinking about quitting… you’re not allowed.


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