New Year, New You

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This isn’t the typical New Year’s Resolution post declaring my New Years Resolutions.

This also isn’t the post to say that I don’t believe in New Years Resolutions.

This is a post where I think out loud about New Years Resolutions.

I’m actually indifferent towards people who want to begin a new life on January 1st.  Honestly I’m very happy for them to make positive changes in their life.  Every year I hear friends declare they are going to the gym more.  I also hear friends wish these resolutioners would get out of the gym.

Sure, having more people at the gym can be an inconvenience because there are less machines available.  The reality is everyone at the gym is paying for the same membership.  No one is more entitled to piece of equipment because you have been a member for 1 day or 1000. If a person “getting in your way” annoys you, purchase your own home gym equipment.

Every year on January 1st many people begin a journey to better themselves.  New Year’s Resolutions include anything from fitness goals, to life goals, to work goals to chasing your dreams.  The majority of the population makes a resolution or goal they are looking to achieve in the new year.  According to studies only 8% of people keep with their New Year’s resolutions but that is 8% more than last year.

I am no different and I have a few New Year’s Resolutions for 2015.

While people make many different resolutions, this post is thinking about fitness and gym related goals. This post is about the people that join a gym each year to achieve their goals.  This post is about the people judging those that are new to a fitness program.  Each year I see my “in shape” or fitness oriented friends complain about their gyms being crowded.  I have even seen posts about how dumb having a New Years Resolution is.  I’ve seen posts about how silly new people look at the gym.  I have even seen posts that include photos of people.

Please remember that if someone has not given you permission to include their photo on your blog or social media, you shouldn’t.  It is never a good idea.  It is never appropriate to take a photo of someone without their permission, especially to make fun of them. 

Some complaints about resolutioners at the gym I’ve seen (on twitter, facebook, blogs, dailymile…whatever)

The gym is crowded. No space for me! 

Someone took my elliptical (or any piece of gym equipment).

I hate how busy it is, I hope these people leave soon.

These people are wasting their time. 

Those are all rude.  It;s even ruder to post.  Every single person from an elite marathoner to a star quarter back started somewhere.  Who knows where someone started, maybe it was with a New Years Resolution?

Judging someone based on their fitness level is ridiculous.  When people first begin something they are the most self conscious.  New people (anywhere) fear being judged the most. It reminds me of people that won’t follow someone on twitter or facebook because they have 5 followers. It’s superficial.

I can remember the first time I went to the gym.  I was 18 years old and I was nervous the rest of the patrons were judging me.  I tried every machine in the fitness center in 10 minutes.  I had no idea what I was doing.  Slowly but surely I found things that worked for me.  The first few months I was hyperaware of everything and everyone.

Was that person laughing?  Must be at me…

Are those people chatting? They must be chatting about me…

So as you ring in the New Years, remember that a New Years resolution might not be your thing but some people are trying to better themselves.  Sure, some people might fall but many will succeed.  I encourage you to think about when you were first beginning your fitness journey.  Do not be upset with others for attempting to begin their fitness journeys.

Question for you: When did you start your fitness journey?