Saturday, December 28, 2013

Luck has nothing to do with Results (Spinning Profile and Playlist)

When I'm not Spinning® my real world job (the one that pays the bills and funds my Spinning addiction) is doing Hi-Tech Sales to a variety of manufacturers.  

I made the leap from engineering to sales nearly 2 decades ago, with very few regrets.  There are many wonderful "perks" to sales like setting my own schedule among other things.  But the huge downside is that there are times when your ego takes a huge beat-down.  Customers chose your competitor over you for whatever reason, or they won't even entertain the thought of something or someone new.  It's times like these that I rely on habitual practice I call, "Minimum Daily Objectives" or MDO for short.  These are the tasks that I HAVE to perform until I can find my next round of inspiration.

The same is true for fitness.  You hit a plateau, maybe you get bored with your routine, maybe you get distracted from your routine.  Elite athletes aside, you have to have some minimum activities (be it daily or weekly) if you want to stay healthy and physically fit.  

We can all find reasons for NOT going to the gym; skipping a workout, etc...but the truth is how many times have you ever regretted the workout that you actually did?  I bet they're few and far between, if any. many times have you ever regretted the workout that you actually did?

I was thinking of this a lot recently as I've spent time over the holidays shopping and seeing the number of obese people in the stores, and prepping for the new year and the inevitable influx of new members to the gym.  Sociologists tell us that it generally takes 3-8 weeks to establish a habit.  Daily activities are probably closer to the 3 week time frame, while activities like the gym that your do maybe 3-4 times a week probably take a bit longer to become habitual.  

Unfortunately that means many will give up on their fitness goals before it becomes a habit if they don't attain early results.  As a fitness professional, it's our job to help motivate them in the class and to come back even if they're not seeing results YET!

It's about performing the minimum objectives toward the goal until they become automatic.

Years ago, I would have never thought it was possible that you can become addicted to fitness and working out; but now I have a hard time understanding why everyone isn't.  Let your enthusiasm show and it will become contagious to your participants.

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  1. thanks for the luck has nothing to do with results article .will be sharing some of it with my classes. want to get as many of the new people to make regular exercise a habit as I can!