All Your Might
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We’re 2 weeks into the New Year and you’re feeling pretty good about yourself right now. You’ve gone through 14 days of working towards your New Year’s Resolution and you’ve gone through a few workouts of your program which promises you a body worthy of Men’s or Women’s Health magazine. You’re at an important part of your resolution and you need to keep going.
The more I work out over the years, the more I’ve learned it’s not about what program you’re a part of. It doesn’t matter if you do Crossfit, P90X, Powerlift or yoga, the only thing we should really focus on is if we have routine in what we do. The majority of people are going to quit whatever program they are on within the first 30 days. You cannot expect to make noticeable “look in the mirror” progress in a time frame as short as 30 days, so why would you give up on your routine so early on? Simple answer, it’s not a routine. You can’t call your program a routine until you do it on a regular basis no matter what. The second you give up on your program, it’s not routine anymore.
Sometimes it’s very difficult to know how to accomplish a goal. A lot of times it’s way more powerful to make a promise to yourself to do something on a regular basis than to achieve something you may not know how to.
I recently heard someone tell me they don’t do New Years Resolutions. Instead they look for new habits to implement into their lifestyle (I’m going to read every morning, I’m going to workout 4 days per week, I’m going to say, “thank you” more often.) To me, this seems like a more successful approach to achieving a goal.
About 3 months ago I started a routine with no real end goal in mind. I just needed to work on my posture and get an early morning workout in that wouldn’t take much time. I started a routine and I do this workout religiously now. This is what my daily routine looks like:
30 seconds (each side)
1 Legged Bridge Hold
30 seconds (each leg)
10 (each side)
30 seconds (each leg)
3 Point Lunge
4 (each leg)
This takes me about 10 minutes each day and I do it in the morning to wake all of my joints up and get blood flowing into muscles all throughout my body. There is no goal with this workout, I just want to do it regularly just to see if I can stay with something. I feel incredible after doing it each morning and that’s reason enough for me to keep doing it.
My encouragement in this post to you is to shift your focus from what you will achieve to what you will do in the process. Adjust your New Year’s Resolution to stick with your routine no matter what and don’t worry so much about the results.
Sam LeBlanc is a passionate coach who loves inspiring others in their pursuit towards becoming stronger physically, mentally, and spiritually.