If diet and exercise are part of your New Years resolutions, you aren’t alone. I’ve been in the fitness industry of over 20 years, and I see it every year. January and February are the months people pledge to get active and lose weight. This is the busiest time of year for fitness professionals, and 2021 is no different. Well, I shouldn’t say that — things are very different.
Normally, I would notice larger class sized at the gym. I haven’t taught in a gym since February of last year due to closures. However, I’ve noticed a lot more views on my YouTube class videos. Google Trends on fitness tell a story as well. There’s a huge jump in people searching “workout for beginners” “workouts to lose weight” “workouts to lose belly fat” etc. These are normal search topics throughout the year, but definitely more so right now. Personally, I think it’s fantastic, but I also know it will be short lived for some.
As predictable as the resolutions are, so is the drop off. Typically by March/April, class sizes start to thin out, and it’s back to mostly regulars. There are, for sure, some newbies that stick it out, and that’s extremely rewarding for fitness professionals like myself. Even one success makes what we do worth it. It isn’t easy making lifestyle changes, and it can take several attempts before it sticks. So for those of you out there who have tried and failed in the past, don’t give up. Better yet, reframe your reason “WHY” for 2021.
Weight loss is the number one reason MOST people make health resolutions. It’s not the only reason, but it certainly motivates a lot of people to get moving. Myself included! However, there are far more important reasons for making healthy lifestyle changes: improved confidence, better sleep, overall health, stronger immune systems, and mental health wellbeing. As we approach our second year of a global pandemic, I can’t think of anything more important for our well being than exercise and a healthy diet. Exercise won’t change the situation, but it does help the way we handle it.
I started this blog and my YouTube channel for that reason alone. I wanted to help people in the only way I knew how – motivation & movement! As cliché as it may sound, I 100% believe “we are in this together” and we’ll get through it together. (Yes, I know super sappy). With that, I will close with wishing everyone a very safe and happy New Year 2021. Stay strong friends.