by Heather Burgoyne, Owner, Soar Pilates
As we enter February, you may be wondering what happened to those fitness resolutions you made a month ago.
Statistics show that while about 60% of people make New Year’s resolutions, only about 8% are successful in achieving them, according to a study by the University of Scranton. The drop in gym attendance post-January is a testament to this trend.
It’s not the setting of goals that fails us, but often, it’s the type and approach to these goals that lead to abandonment.
Traditionally, many fitness resolutions revolve around weight loss. However, an overemphasis on the scales can lead to unrealistic expectations and a narrow view of health. For women, particularly in the context of aging, fitness goals need to encompass strength, flexibility, bone health and mental well-being.
Let’s change the conversation and focus on the intention behind the movement!
Focus on strength, flexibility: Incorporate strength training and flexibility exercises into your routine. This not only aids in maintaining muscle mass, crucial as we age, but enhances joint health and mobility.
Prioritize consistency: Consistent, moderate exercise is more beneficial than sporadic, high-intensity workouts. Aim for activities you enjoy.
Enhance bone health: Weight-bearing exercises like walking, jogging and resistance training such as Pilates are crucial for bone health, which is essential for preventing osteoporosis.
Set SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound goals are more likely to be successful. For instance, a goal to “walk 30 minutes every day” or “sign up for Pilates’ class” is more actionable than a vague “get more exercise.”
Nutrition is key: Focus on nutrient-rich foods, adequate hydration and taking the time to sit and enjoy as you nourish your body.
Listen to your body: Overtraining can lead to injuries. Pay attention to your body’s signals and provide it with necessary rest.
Find joy in movement: Find activities that bring you joy, whether it’s a dance party in the kitchen with your kids, a yoga class or a quiet walk in nature.
Mental health matters: Incorporate practices like meditation and mindfulness into your routine to nurture your mind.
Seek support: Joining group classes or working out with a friend can provide motivation and accountability. Having a supportive community keeps us moving.