Imagine you’re about to start a race.
You’re all warmed up. You have a game plan for how you’re going to run it. But as everyone is getting lined up at the starting line, an official comes up and says you can start at a different line further up the track, giving you a significant head start on the field.
That’s what this blog is about. We’re here to tell you to take the head start. Here are three reasons why you should start your New Year’s resolutions now instead of come January 1.
Don’t get us wrong. January 1 is a great starting line, a solid anchor in your mind for the “new year, new you” mantra you’re telling yourself. However, it’s also the same starting line for millions of other people making New Year’s resolutions.
And here’s the reality about the overwhelming majority of those resolutions – they’re going to fail.
If you were running a race, would you want to lump yourself in a pack of runners who probably won’t finish? Heck no!
By starting earlier, you’re already distancing yourself from those who will fail and all the negativity and excuses that come with them.
Dive in at your pace
Any gym rat will tell you the first week of January is their worst nightmare.
Almost overnight, a calm fitness center with plenty of open machines and space is suddenly overcrowded with people trying to get fit in the new year. The same goes for any yoga studio or running trail.
And while the crowds are bad enough, the fact many don’t know what they’re doing and/or are trying to get back into the swing of things can really cramp your routine.
However, imagine starting at the gym or the running track a couple of weeks ahead of that rush. You can familiarize yourself with the equipment or start getting your pace without the hassle of others breathing down your neck. You can take your time to get comfortable.
Increased planning, increased gains
Unfortunately, most people are procrastinators who wait until the deadline to finish or even start a project.
So, in the case of New Year’s resolutions, yes, most will have thought of their resolutions ahead of time. But have they actually planned out how to achieve them?
Start right now with your planning. First, determine your current fitness level and readiness. Are you simply looking to get beach-ready or fully transform your lifestyle? Do you need to buy weights for your home, or have you researched the yoga studio to enroll?
By planning and executing those things now, you’ll be weeks ahead of others come January, which means you’ll be weeks ahead in terms of progress toward your goal. And whether we like to admit it or not, we often compare and compete with those around us. So, looking around the gym or studio and noticing you’re doing better than others can often motivate you to keep pushing and finish the race.
Sean Ostruszka is an active creator. A national-award winning writer for numerous industries, Ostruszka also delves into photography, design, product development and more, while being an avid family man, outdoorsman and fitness enthusiast.