The other day I mentioned on Twitter that “trying something new” is an excellent way to inspire your brain and body for New Year’s resolutions. Studies continue to show that the brain loves new adventure and learning, and the body demands it in order to stay healthy, fit and on top of your fitness goals. Need I say anything else?
I practice what I preach and decided on behalf of my New Year’s resolutions I would try something that I never really wanted to do- snowboarding! I am a skier and love the mountains, fresh air, ease of getting on and off of the chair lift and the beautiful scenery from the chair lift itself, but the rest of my family snowboards so I thought I should give it a whirl.
My first lesson and attempt at surfing the snow was today at Steven’s Pass. I was frustrated, angry, competitive, humbled (especially by the little 5 year olds whipping by me as I laid on my back), joyous, elated and content- in that order exactly. It also reminded me of how hard it is to have the guts to try something new, let alone feel successful at it your first attempt. Very much like New Year’s Fitness Resolutions.
I summed up these comparisons in my four runs down the Daisy chair today:
Run Attempt #1- I fell 37 times (yes I counted) and felt frustrated, angry and completely wanted to punch my instructor, get to the bottom of the run, turn in the board and rent some skis. I compare this to that first week of being at the gym, working with a trainer or getting a new workout program started. You’re sore, frustrated, angry because you don’t really enjoy what you’re doing and seriously just want to go back to your old comfortable ways and be content.
Run Attempt #2- I fell 6 times. I had lunch and regrouped my thoughts and told myself that this is an adventure and to give it everything I could. Similar to week 2 of your new fitness regime. Your getting the hang of things, remembering why it is you decided to do this and are looking at the positive changes you’re making in your life. The muscle soreness is getting a little better and your feeling pretty good by the end of this week.
Run Attempt #3- I fell 3 times. Yeah- things were connecting. I focused on one skill, and hammered it into my head all the way down to the bottom. The falls were on purpose to avoid hitting others or to slow my uncontrolled, novice behaviors on the board. Similar to week 3 of a new fitness routine- positive mental changes continue as most begin to sink their teeth into the exercise programming. They learn not only what they are good at, but also what needs a little polishing. Of course their trainer tells them to focus on what they can do and do it well (and possibly adjusts their program to accomodate this).
Run Attempt #4- I fell once. Yes, just once and it was off the chair lift. My goal on this last run was to NOT fall off of the chair lift because I had every time before, but instead I had a beautiful experience all the way to the bottom. I was elated and completely content with my attempt, but also knew more practice would be needed to get off of the Daisy chair and onto my favorite skiing runs (precious Big Chief). I compare this to the 4th week of many New Year’s fitness resolutions. The goal may have been to lose a certain amount of weight, but instead the goal of weight loss is surpassed by the fact your waist is 2″ smaller and your pants are too big. BONUS!! It’s motivating, exciting to see the change and encourages you to continue the journey and add more weeks (runs) to your fabulous, new thing.
In essence, what I’m saying is it takes a bare bones minimum of 4 weeks of commitment to anything to see some changes. It won’t happen overnight, and of course will be different for all of us due to individual differences in not only our physical state of body, but mental state of mind. For me, the mind is the key to most resolutions we make. We pre-contemplate, we contemplate, we take action and we succeed or don’t succeed depending on how strongly we want to see change or make attempt. Attempting something new is the first part, committing to it is the second.
Make your four run attempt this New Years! Attempt, commit, change and see the changes in your body, mind and soul. May blessings of health, wellness, attempts and commitments shower you and your loved ones.
Happy New Year- Amy
PS- For future reference, being a fitness pro does not mean that I’m good at every physical stunt known to man; practice and skill are required for all human performance movements indoor and out
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