We all know the drill...it starts on Monday:
Hitting the gym 5 Days per week- 3 days of lifting weights, 2 days of yoga, and 30 minutes of cardio at each session. And this isn't even considering the new diet you're going to start, which will require added hours of shopping and meal prep (We'll touch on the nutrition side in this post).
We're going all in, despite the fact that we have possibly never exercised, or are coming back from a long layoff.
I'm going to shoot you straight here: this is a bad idea. In fact, most people will be doomed for failure when they go all in like this.
Why? A couple of reasons.
For starters, you're committing to an almost daily change in your lifestyle. If you've been too busy to workout before (a common reason not to hit the gym), it is unlikely that you're magically going to find an extra 5-10 hours per week to hit the gym.
Secondly, there is no buffer room. If you're a real grown up, with real responsibilities, something will come up. A kid will get sick, a meeting will come up at work, you get the idea. And when this happens? There is no way to shift your schedule around to get that missed workout in because the schedule is packed too tight! Which leads to the last point:
Any failure to stick to the rigorous schedule will make you feel like a failure. We don't want to set high expectations and then beat ourselves up when we don't meet them. Rather, it's best to start small and build a track record of success. Once you are in the habit of hitting the gym 2 time per week for 3-4 weeks, add in a third day.
The key is to build gradually, stretch just past our comfort zones until we slightly expand them, and then push again.
Make your workout schedule a small challenge, not a giant stressor in your life. Lord knows, we've all got enough stress in our lives.