Stop working out to lose weight!

With the New Year in full swing, many look to rebound from the holidays by getting back to gym and eating health. I hear people throw around the phrases “weight loss,” “muscle building,” and “get back in shape” when it comes to New Year’s resolutions. I apologize, but STOP WORKING OUT TO LOSE WEIGHT! You heard me right. Stop working out to lose weight and start working out to be healthy.

Losing weight is challenging, and it takes time to truly see the desired results. It can be discouraging when the numbers on the scale do not come off as fast as we want. According to U.S. News, approximately 80% of New Year’s resolutions are broken by February. This figure can be daunting, but I am here to lend you the tools for success when it comes to crushing your New Year’s Resolution:

1.) Create an identity, not a goal. Goals are things such as weight loss, looking good for an upcoming wedding, developing more muscle, etc. While all of these are great goals to have, they may not be able to fuel your long term drive. Instead of writing down your goals, write down what kind of person you want to be in 2019. If I were to say, “I want to be a healthier person in 2019,” I would have a greater chance of success because I have opened my vision up to a much more holistic approach rather than being tunnel visioned.