• Tricia Arriagada

Don't Waste Your Time With New Year's Resolutions!

If you are trying to come up with a New Year's Resolution you are likely setting yourself up for failure. New Year's Resolutions align with diet culture. It encourages you to set the bar way too high creating unreasonable expectations for yourself. New Year's resolutions can reinforce the idea that you are incapable of change. For every year you are not able to stick to a resolution, that is one more year you are conditioned to think the possible is impossible. That is why I encourage our clients to focus on habits. For every person you know that has what you want, most likely it all began out of habit. They started with something small and once they were able to stick with it, they added another habit. Eventually the sum of the habits became part of their identity. This is how I got into the personal training business. After I had my daughter I struggled just like everyone else. I yo-yo dieted and I started and stopped exercising regularly. Each time I would go to the gym I did more than my body was ready for and I burnt myself out. So how did I come to make this change that landed me in the industry of health? One small habit! My habit was to go to the gym and walk on the treadmill for 5 minutes and then leave. That was it! I had no other expectation for myself. I just wanted to see if I could keep up the habit of just getting there. What I found is that most often I didn't leave. Five minutes turned into 20 minutes, 20 minutes turned into an hour. And here I am now. Fitness is my hobby and my career. Instead of setting a New Year's Resolution, I encourage you to focus on one small habit that will lead you in the direction of where you want to be. There are some great books to learn more about how to create habits. The biggest takeaway for me is to keep the habit small, easy, and convenient. It is much easier to stick with a habit if you attach it to an existing habit. For instance, I brush my teeth everyday so if I want to become more flexible, I can do one stretch after I brush my teeth. James Clear, writer of "Atomic Habits" says "If you want to be a runner, just start by putting your running shoes on every day." Habits can be so simple but so impactful if you start slow and keep adding to them. If you want to learn more about creating new habits and getting rid of bad habits here are some books I recommend: Tiny Habits by BJ Fogg The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life by Charles Duhigg Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones by James Clear (my personal favorite)

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