Resolutions: Is Willpower Depleting?
At the beginning of 2012 I made a New Year’s Resolution for myself that I would lose weight, as many people do every single year. My resolution, however, was only part of a much larger resolution…to improve myself from head-to-toe and from the inside out. So, everyone knows that a big part of losing weight and becoming healthier (among other things) is to workout. You know…workout…that thing that consists of getting your heart rate up above normal for more than a couple minutes, warming up and using your muscles…I think you get the hint.
Anyway, I started going to a local gym last January and I saw a lot of people there like me…not knowing quite what they should be working on to focus on certain areas, not knowing quite how to see results quickly, not really knowing how to use all of the machines, not really knowing what they’re doing…oh, and we were all wearing new workout clothes and not looking so hot in them. I was there once and I remember it all too well. I do need to interject here that I did meet my goal of losing weight (quite a bit to be exact) last year. I went to the gym every chance I could get and now I’m an old pro at the gym. I know exactly what workouts I need to do, what machines to use…and how to use them!
Well, I seem to recall the gym thinning out around the end of February / beginning of March last year. I slowly saw the newbies (as I was then) dwindling down around that time. This, for me, was great because now I had access to many more machines than I had before because the gym wasn’t so packed. I could get on more machines and really work all the areas that I wanted to.
This year; however, the people working out at the gym seems to be dwindling down a bit faster. It’s not even the end of January yet and I’ve noticed the number of people working out at the same time I do is about half, if not less. Yes, this is great for me because more machines are available. But, that also means that there are far more people giving up on their resolution of getting healthy or losing weight earlier than last year. I wonder why that is?
Don’t get me wrong, I love it when I have access to more machines during my workout and there are fewer people in the gym, but this also means that more people are giving up on their goals. This is heartbreaking to me. Has the willpower of the general public gotten worse? Is our society destined to become even more obese? Is our generation setting itself up to die at a younger age due to obesity and obesity-related diseases (i.e. heart disease, diabetes, etc.)? This, to me, is a tragedy. This can be avoided.
Now, I’m certainly not perfect. But, I do strive to stay healthy. I don’t always eat the best foods, but I make healthy choices most of the time. I don’t get to the gym every day, but I do whenever I can. I want to live a healthy life. I just feel better when I’m healthy. Period.
If you’re resolution is to become healthier, lose weight, etc. please leave me a comment and tell me what your plan for this year is.