Stop the New Year's Resolution Insanity

Over the years, I've found that most New Year resolutions do not work. They’re generally made after too many cocktails and not enough serious thought.

To make real changes in our lives, we have to look in the mirror, decide if we are happy with our current state of affairs and then make a serious commitment for change and improvement. You can do it, but you must be honest with yourself.

Any time is a good time to put a plan into action. If you are committed to having your goal coincide with the New Year, plan now so you are ready to hit the ground running. Here are a few tips to help you get started:

Getting Motivated

You have to look inside yourself and find that fire--that passion and zest for life. You probably are as fat as you think. You probably are as out of shape as you think. Now let’s do something about it!

I don't care what sport you played in high school or college. This is the here and now. What are you currently doing? It’s called "tough love." Use it on yourself. Now let's get fired up and make it happen. Make this the year that you regain control of your life or take your current fitness to the next level.

Goal Setting

What is it that you want to do? Do you want to run a 5k, a marathon or do a Strongman contest? Do you want to do the Badwater 135, Marathon des Sables or the Tough Guy challenge?

Of course, It doesn't have to be that insane, goals can be anything. It’s your jobs to determine what your goals are.

First, set a fun, healthy or even crazy goal. Then go for it. Don't focus on weight loss--let that be a by-product of your fitness goal. If you continue to focus on that number on your scale, you'll drive yourself crazy.

Find an Event

You're motivated. You’re dedicated. Now it's time to find a fun event that will keep you motivated, in shape, and having fun. Make up your mind and commit to do that one thing that you've always thought about and wanted to do.

Get your family, friends or coworkers to join you. There are thousands of exciting adventures out there for you to choose from. Chances are that you can find one near you right here at Active.com. Check it out.

Getting motivated, committed and dedicated to the New Year's Resolution is the hard part. Now get out there and have some fun. "A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step."


Active Expert, Joe Decker is an ultra-endurance power athlete and renowned fitness trainer who has helped thousands of people get into shape. He has completed many of the world's toughest endurance events, including the Badwater 135, and the Grand Slam of UltraRunning. In 2000, Joe broke the Guinness World Records® Twenty-four-hour Physical Fitness Challenge to help inspire and motivate people to get fit. He is recognized as "The World's Fittest Man." Visit his website at www.joe-decker.com .

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