Thursday, December 29, 2016

Don't Re-Cycle Your New Year Resolutions: Pedal Yourself To Fitness

There are few subjects that divide people quite so stubbornly as New Year Resolutions. On one side, you have the many people who see them as a chance to shake off old habits and form new ones. On the other, you have a growing band who are skeptical.

In short, their philosophy can be summed up as follows: "If there's something you should be doing, do it. If there's something you should stop, stop it."


There are decent arguments on both sides. Certainly, if you have bad habits, stopping is something you should always look to do sooner rather than later. On the other hand, a year ending is a time that makes people reflective. "Could that year have been better, and how?" is a reasonable thought.

If you want to launch into a New Year as you mean to go on, it's a perfect time to re-evaluate. Particularly where your health is concerned.

Find A New Way To Get Fit
If you are someone who regularly makes (and breaks) New Year Resolutions, your garage probably bears the scars. "What about boxing?" you may ask yourself one December 31st. When you go into your garage for a spring clean in April, you see your punchbag. You repeat the question, with the stress on the "about" this time.


Nonetheless, it's worth persisting. Sometimes it takes a few goes to get the best habits in place. But why not make it a practical way of getting fit? Take up cycling - as well as being good for you, it's an efficient and green form of transport. Tips on the best equipment for you can be found over at this website and elsewhere.

Be Ready For Your Own Rebellion
It's amazing how quickly those of us who make resolutions come around to the skeptics' way of thinking once we've tried for awhile. "What was I thinking?" you ask, as you arrive home shivering. "Those people are right - you shouldn't take something up just because it's a New Year!".

Not so fast. You've started something, and you should stay the course. It takes as much as two months of doing something for it to feel like a habit. That takes you to March and by then, getting fit outdoors is a lot more pleasurable. It's also when you'll be looking to socialize a bit more - so those party clothes need to fit.

Find Ways To Keep It Fascinating
If something feels like a chore, it becomes harder to do it with enthusiasm and fully commit. When it comes to keeping fit, commitment is essential. So while the first few weeks of a habit like cycling can be spent picking yourself up after each new fall, once you get good at it you have more freedom.


How well do you know the town where you live? Or the county? Longer cycling trips allow you to see sights you may not have seen, or have ignored when you see them from a car. Set out a destination for yourself - a point at which you can reward yourself with a treat. Before too long, cycling will just be how you get to new, exciting places.

This is a contributed post.