January is the month that most people decide that damn it, this is the year they’re finally going to get in shape.
So the gyms get really crowded with people trying to start a new habit and get their health on track once and for all.
The only problem is, most of those people are doing it all wrong.
They get an expensive gym membership, then proceed to go to the gym 3-4 times a week for the first two or three weeks. And they feel good, they feel like they’re making progress.
But then—something happens. Maybe they get discouraged that they haven’t made as much progress as they would have liked in that two weeks (haven’t lost two pant sizes, gained 5 pounds of muscle, etc.), or maybe life just gets in the way.
Whatever happens, by the end of the month, the gym is nice and quiet again, and those people who said they were finally going to start a workout habit give up until the next New Year rolls around.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. There are a few simple—and very doable—ways to start a workout habit that results in long-term success.