Time To Start a Fitness and
Self Improvement ProgramBy Tom Venuto - author of
Burn The Fat, Feed The
Depending on whose figures
you go by, the average person gains between seven and twelve pounds between
Thanksgiving and New Years and thats not muscle weight were
Most people throw in the
towel and expect to get in worse shape over the holidays. It often starts right
after the Thanksgiving feast, when you rub your hands over your slightly
distended, pumpkin pie-filled belly, realizing that you must do something.
But then you say to
yourself, Why bother to start now when I have four Christmas parties, two
family dinners and the New Years bash coming up? Candy canes, eggnog,
stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, champagne
Ah, whats the use?
Ill start on January second.
Did you know that
procrastination is a habit? When theres something you know you should do,
but you dont do it immediately, you make it more likely that you'll
procrastinate again in the future.
Action and initiative are
also habits. Every time you take quick and decisive action, you make it much
more likely to take action again in the future.
Habits are powerful. A habit
is an automatic behavior pattern that you perform with little or no conscious
thought because repetition has embedded that behavior in your subconscious
mind. Nearly all the actions you take every day are habits the time you
get up in the morning, what shoe you put on first, what you eat for breakfast,
the route you take to work each day, and so on.
Habits are like swift
currents; its easy to let them sweep you downstream but its very
difficult to swim upstream, against the flow. Thats why you must develop
good habits that move you in the direction of what you want.
Good habits are difficult to
form, but once formed, they are just as difficult to break as bad habits. Bad
habits are easy to form because you dont have to do anything to form them
you create them by default. Just choose to do nothing, and you begin
developing the inaction and procrastination habits.
Most people see the end of
the year holidays as the worst time to start a regular program of fitness and
personal improvement because there are so many temptations, distractions and
obstacles standing in the way.
I propose that the holidays
are the BEST time to start a fitness and personal development program, or to
upgrade your existing one. Why? Because the holidays are now and NOW is always
the best time to take action.
The roots of a habit are
formed in as little as 21 days. By starting now, you will already be leaner,
healthier and more muscular when January 1st rolls around. You will have a huge
head start on the procrastinating masses and youll have momentum that
carries you through the year. Youll put yourself in the group of winners
who get in shape and stay in shape all year long and keep yourself out of the
group of losers who make flimsy New Years resolutions only to fold
like cheap beach chairs before the end of February.
There are basically only two
things that keep you from going after what you want: Negative influence of
others, or your own bad habits. But if you take a moment right now to set some
clear and compelling goals and take the first step towards them, you will be
less likely to be affected by the influence of others or swept up by the
currents of old habits.
If you dont know HOW
to set goals or you dont know HOW to eat or exercise, DONT LET THAT
STOP YOU! Thats only an excuse to procrastinate. You dont need to
know how. All you have to provide is the wanting and the will to act.
Tom Venuto is a bodybuilder, gym
owner, freelance writer, success coach and author of "Burn the Fat, Feed The
Muscle" (BFFM): Fat Burning Secrets of the World's Best Bodybuilders and
Fitness Models. Tom has written over 150 articles and has been featured in
IRONMAN magazine, Natural Bodybuilding, Muscular Development, Muscle-Zine,
Exercise for Men and Mens Exercise. Tom's inspiring and informative
articles on bodybuilding, weight loss and motivation are featured regularly on
dozens of websites worldwide. For information on Tom's "Burn The Fat" e-book,