For this week’s installment of our Get Fit Challenge #TrainerTipThursday, Anthony Wilkins of Alloy Personal Training for Women offers advice on how to approach New Year resolutions:
“It is that time of year again. Time to come up with some partially realistic, soon to be forgotten, excuse for doing or being better this coming year. What exactly is the point again? Was there ever a time in your life that making a resolution was seriously going to work or was that what we kept telling ourselves?
Why not just make a plan for how you want to do or be better and stick to it. Doesn’t sound as appealing as coming up with a resolution and broadcasting it across social media in order to get acceptance from your friends and loved ones? Of course it doesn’t and that is because it should have to do with you and you ONLY! Can you have others help keep you accountable? Definitely, but making the success of your resolution dependent upon others makes it less of a resolution and more like a project.
If you are going to go down the slippery and winding road of making a resolution why not start with something simple? Resolving to workout once a week is much more realistic than trying to train three times a week when you haven’t been doing anything for the past year. Resolving to stop drinking alcohol is not the best idea with six bottles of wine and a case of beer sitting in the pantry. You are simply setting yourself up for failure.
Here’s a novel idea, why not make a resolution to do more of something that you actually like instead of depriving yourself of something? I am sure that you will be so much more excited to get to do more of something that you feel that you’ve gone long enough without. You can thank me later but I know that it is going to be a whole lot easier to tell myself that I am going to play more rounds of golf this year than I did last year!”
Anthony Wilkins, Alloy Personal Training for Women
Anthony L. Wilkins is a National Academy of Sports Medicine (2005) and Titleist Performance Institute (2009) Certified Personal Trainer. He has been with Alloy Personal Training since 2005 and has been the co-owner of Alloy Personal Training for Women in Suwanee since 2016. Anthony was inspired to get into the health and fitness industry as well as open his own gym based on the life-long inspiration of his mother who is a breast cancer survivor.