I am willing to bet that you and your family have been affected in some way by the covid-19 pandemic of 2020.
Many of my clients, and others I have spoken with, have suffered, especially their diet and exercise routine. Is this you too? Well, you are not alone. Not even close.
While on a bright note, I have had several conversations in recent weeks about success stories. However, the vast majority said that they couldn’t believe how hard this year hit them and how far they slipped. Their fitness was lost, weight was gained, bad habits crept back in, and good habits weakened or disappeared altogether.
What most people told me was that the first wave of covid-19 in the spring was difficult mainly due to the uncertainty of the impact to them personally or economically. But what hit them the worst was the second wave in the fall, that continued to worsen right through today in many places around the world.
The term “pandemic fatigue” has recently emerged as a condition. Since we as a society need a label or name for everything, this one is certainly accurate. It’s creating fatigue and almost everyone has been feeling it. Even people who coped okay in the spring and summer found themselves losing motivation to train (especially in limited home gyms), and turning to comfort eating and or alcohol to feel better in the fall and winter.
We have all wanted to stay strong, but the combination of lockdowns, social isolation, and feeling depressed is no joke and it weighs us down. And of course, many people got sick with the virus itself, with varying levels of severity.
But there is good news today. On the final day of 2020, the prevailing mood and theme I’m now seeing and hearing is, “brighter days are ahead.”
Although we are not out of the woods yet, we certainly have learned a lot about ourselves and the obstacles that we now face and WE have the opportunity to approach, plan, and prepare for goodness, wellness, and success this year.
This part is in your control.
While New Year’s resolutions for diet and exercise might be the biggest of all clichés, this is probably the most important turn of a New Year ever if you need to get your fitness back on track, or take it to a new level.
I believe no one can afford to sit back and wait months and months more until life starts returning to normal. Life is always uncertain and second guessing it is not in our best interest for good health.
The time to act is now. There is no more time to wait. There really is no excuse good enough to not improve your overall health, weight, wellness, fitness, nutrition. This is a New Year’s Day to seize that “fresh start, brighter days ahead” feeling when you have it because you know it won’t last long if you don’t act on it, and the consequence will be months more of the “quarantine blues.” And none of us wants more of that!
January 1st, 2021 is a day when I urge you as strongly as possible to put more time, care, and thought into your health and fitness goals than you ever have before.
Set them in writing and commit to them 100%. Keep them in your daily view. Write them on post in notes and place them around your home. Just keep them in your conscious thoughts.
This is a New Year’s Day to take advantage of every opportunity to get inspired again, restore your motivation and start setting up the disciplines and habits that will bring you the health, fitness, and physique that you want and have been putting off…… until now.
Now is your time to take it back. We are here to support, encourage, plan, motivate, challenge and push you to your best and healthiest version of yourself in a long time.