I have a big, big problem with us fitness people, and it centers around the talk regarding New Year’s Resolutioners, or, the reason the gym is packed with folks essentially swinging from the chandeliers in the months of January-March. Which, I guess, for folks really dedicated to the gym, can seem sort of annoying, but this type of talk is extremely problematic for a number of reasons.
First and foremost, I used to be a little bit heavier than I was now, and I never worked out. At some point during undergrad and into my first year of grad school, my metabolism could no longer efficiently handle the crap I was shoveling into my system, and I gained somewhere between 30 and 40 pounds. When I finally lost it and started feeling comfortable in the gym, I was one of those new people. Sure, my active-lifestyle awakening didn’t quite occur at the stroke of midnight on January 1st, however, had folks been rude and unwelcoming, perhaps I would not be sitting in my job where I am now.
So as you’re mumbling and grumbling about how “annoying” resolutioners are, and how you won’t worry because “they’ll be gone in two weeks anyway,” remember a few things.
- You didn’t pop out of the womb nailing squats on the squat rack. At some point, you were the new kid too, and just because you fancy yourself a pro now doesn’t mean you can side-eye the new guy or gal. Of course, if someone is breaking gym etiquette or seems completely clueless, feel free to politely inform him or her of their party foul, but play nice.
- They’ll [resolutioners] keep you on your toes! So all the cardio machines are used up. Maybe today is the day you try a new class or go for a run outside? Who knows? The fact that your favorite elliptical in front of your favorite tv is in use isn’t the end of the world.
- What about your goals? What if someone grumbled to you that they thought your 2015 planner was stupid and that you’ll ditch the thing by March anyway, so not to bother. That would be rude, right? Especially given that you take that resolution very seriously.
- And finally, you should be encouraging of anyone who is making steps and changes to create a healthier lifestyle. Mentioning that they’ll be gone in a few weeks anyway is negative, and not encouraging for folks just checking things out, and hoping to learn to love working out.
Don’t be a hater…
And I say this every year, but here’s to 2015 being the year that everyone nails their goal and sticks it out at the gym! We’re looking forward to having you!