We're at the start of a New Year, and for many, the beginning of those 2013 fit resolutions. By this time, it may not be all rainbows and sunshine like your horoscope promised . . . Whatever you do, don't quit! From the crowded gym to your extremely sore muscles, this too shall pass. As with anything — even the gym — pushing through the beginning is always the hardest part. Before you tell yourself that the old you was just fine, here are three reasons why you should (and can) keep going:
- Sore? You're doing something right: Be more concerned if you aren't sore. Being sore is your body's way of adjusting to a new fitness regimen and letting you know that you're working hard. In fact, it is very common to still be sore a few days after your workout; this is called delayed onset muscle soreness, or DOMS, and is completely normal. Know that these aches and pains are just temporary and can easily be relieved. If the pain seems too intense or lasts longer than expected, make an appointment to see a doctor to ensure it's not an injury.
- You still aren't seeing results? Breathe, results will come: It's OK — you just started! Patience is key. It often takes some time for your body to adjust to a routine before your transformation takes place. Although it can be hard, with time you will soon break old habits and your resolution will become a lifestyle. Once you get your routine down and stay consistent, you will start to see results.
- Intimidated? Push through it with a friend: Starting anything new can be very intimidating. If you're starting to feel overwhelmed by your goals or the gym, take a step back and ask for help. A trainer can answer questions and show you around the gym, while a nutritionist can help you tackle a new diet together. Don't forget to get your friends involved — with a partner anything is easier!