Joining the Now Club—Resolutions that Empower
Over the years, New Year commitments have gotten a bad reputation; they went from being this reverend affair everyone participated in, to something being disdained as they quickly became associated with empty promises.
What if there was a middle ground and benefit to these infamous New Year resolutions? Why do they have to have a bad reputation? The idea shouldn’t be about looking to the past or present but about choosing to set a realistic and attainable goal to empower ourselves as we strive to achieve it. The idea of challenging ourselves is fun and has the potential to keep ourselves accountable as we put out into the world an intention.
It’s healthy to create for ourselves an environment where we feel challenged and unsure, it’s then that we surpass feelings of self-doubt and achieve newness—something great. I think we can all benefit from setting and working towards meaningful objectives.
By no means do I mean we should start pressuring ourselves to complete a mad list of objectives but choosing one thing that could serve to better ourselves as individuals is a worthwhile endeavor. I asked clients from my fitness business, Barre Fit Warriors, what their resolutions were, and one said, “to sleep more and feel more rested,” another stated “to exercise more frequently, I’m having trouble being consistent”. These wellness resolutions will take time and commitment to achieve but are attainable. I always try to support my clients in the best manner and give them more tools to help keep them accountable and gain the discipline needed to achieve a healthy lifestyle.
When it comes to resolutions, one key thing to remember is that there are no timelines in the sense that it’s never too late or early to modify or set a new one. The change of the year come the end of December is simply a stark reminder of new beginnings and appreciation for what has passed. It’s beneficial to see value in change and to appreciate the things we can’t control such as time, but likewise to be thankful for the things we can control like what we do with our time. Thinking of New Year resolutions for me brings forth the concept of time management and how we can proactively set goals for ourselves that challenge us and forces us to use our time wisely.
Ever considered being an early riser and joining the 5:00 a.m. club? Given that’s not for everyone but there is something to be said for waking up before everyone else and getting a head start on the day. Taking charge of the day allows us to ensure we can have enough time to achieve all that we want and need in order to maintain a healthy life, like exercising daily. Trying the 5:00 a.m. club a few days a week if you are not a morning person can be beneficial. Having a set routine in the morning and evening helps to maximize sleep when going to bed, and productivity when starting the day—challenging our habits is a way to activate our best health and protect our serenity long-term. Change takes work but working on ourselves should be the greatest privilege considering all the benefits we can reap. Who wouldn’t want to be the best version of themselves? Especially when with the right supportive community or like minded people it’s attainable.
When it comes to exercising daily, Barre Fit Warriors takes half the pressure away as your workouts can be done from the comfort of your home or when you’re on the go in the office or on vacation. Saving the hustle and bustle when it comes to working out is one less stress and an increased possibility of reaching that fitness-based resolution. Plus, as a Fitness Coach, I take away the guesswork; you can workout confidently knowing you’re doing the right exercises for your body and have proper form to avoid injuries.
We’ve all done online fitness classes or seen a YouTube video, but have you ever taken a class online where you actually get a personal trainer? Barre Fit Warriors’ live stream classes have changed the game! We don’t just livestream and expect clients to follow along, you actually get a fitness coach that pays attention to your body’s form and makes sure you are working correctly and safely. It’s much more motivating and ensures you’re pushing yourself with every workout! With my coaching, these low impact full body workouts are safe for the joints and guarantee you’ll feel that satisfying barre burn.
More so, as the prices for everything are rising it can get expensive to focus on health—it’s a financial and time investment. In person gym memberships are continuously rising and may not be in the budget. It was important for me to have a fitness business where classes were accessible in all senses of the word, so I offer modifications to work appropriately for all body types and respect different range of motions and keep prices as low as possible to offer quality classes at a competitive price. New clients can get their first class for $5, which is less than a coffee and better for our health long-term. Barre Fit Warriors is one company that has made it easy for all to try something new and to commit and achieve that resolution of regular, consistent movement. Come see for yourself! You’ll never see a Barre class the same way.
In the last two years, if living in a global pandemic has taught me anything, it is that health and wellness are a richness and one we are lucky, for the most part, to be able to work towards. Focusing on our health and wellness—mental, physical, and emotional—doesn’t have to be complicated, it only requires the act of starting to undertake small concrete actions. Having a supportive community to guide that journey makes all the difference.
Let’s keep in mind that choosing a resolution doesn’t entail a perfect journey, there will likely be missteps along the way and that’s okay but consider these missteps as beginnings rather than endings. Journeys are rarely linear. Implement changes you’ll stick too. Saying you’ll start working out every day when you’re starting off isn’t being kind to yourself and it can be discouraging if you can’t maintain the rhythm. It’s better to start small and enjoy your workouts and that feeling of empowerment after each session knowing you are contributing to shaping your mentality, physical and emotional strength in a manner that will benefit you for the rest of your life.
What will your resolution be? Remember to have fun with it, we are doing these resolutions for ourselves after all. Get ready to enter the New Year feeling light and empowered by focusing on the now!