This may not seem like sound advice.

Everyone starts health-improvement resolutions on the first day of the new year, right? Yes, that is a popular day for people to start a journey that hopefully leads them to a very specific fitness destination.

You may have done this in the past. Were you one of the estimated 2 out of 3 New Year’s resolution-makers that failed to see the results you hoped for?

This happens for a lot of reasons. Sometimes you decide to kick off your path to health and wellness on January 1st because some of your friends are doing the same. You can get caught up in the idea of your friends' fitness goals, think that sounds like a pretty good idea for you as well, but if your heart isn’t totally in it, you wind up dropping out.

There is another very good reason for not beginning the pursuit of your goals on New Year’s Day, your birthday, a wedding anniversary or some other date that is important to you. Your emotions may get in the way of results.

Special occasions and dates in your life can send your motivation to get fit and healthy through the roof. You end up starting out strong, achieving real results. However, after the emotional high of that milestone date has passed, so has your desire to stick to your wellness program.

Try starting your fitness journey in the middle of the week. Don’t wait for Monday, the beginning of the week. Prepare properly, make sure your motivation is sincere. Then, you may finally see the fitness results which have eluded you in the past.


What Is Your Reason for Exercising?

Many have set health and fitness goals in the past and failed to realize the results they were actually looking for. Just about everybody has. Why is that? If this sounds familiar, what did you do wrong? What was the cause of your failure? It certainly wasn't because of a lack of motivation.

You probably have a lot of very good reasons for trying to improve your wellness. You may have done just about everything to make your physical and mental fitness dreams a reality. You were motivated, you did the work, and still, you fell short.

That doesn't have to happen again.


Develop a Big Enough Reason for Exercising.

Ask yourself these questions: Why are you setting these specific fitness goals? What is the bigger reason you have in mind for working out, getting fit and improving your health? If you say it is because you want to lose weight, then that is not specific or important enough.

Dig down deep in your mind and your heart. When you can attach a truly significant and important reason why you want to become fit, you dramatically increase your chances of doing so. If you remind yourself you want to become fit so you can be healthy enough to spend more quality time with your children or grandchildren, that is likely going to be a large enough fitness goal to keep you on track, and to produce real results.