Guest contribution by Sasha Tymkiw
In January, resolutions are everywhere. Fitness resolutions, however, tend to remain more secretive than the rest, probably due to failed attempts of New Years’ past. Creating a healthy support network with which you can share your goals will increase the likelihood that you stay motivated and turn your resolutions into reality.
Here are a couple simple but helpful methods that should have you feeling supported in no time.
1) All of us have people in our lives whom we consider to be negative or positive influences. From frenemies to loyalists, we can all name at least one off the top of our head.
A good exercise is to make a list of those who have been consistently supportive of you in the past. These friends and colleagues are the ones who you can always count on to support you, especially when you feel your inner die-hard dwindling. Whether it’s a co-worker with whom you’ve forged a strong bond, or an old friend who never fails to pick up the phone, these are people you have never had to question and never will.
It’s a good to provide each individual with specifics on how they can help you, as a personal matter such as fitness can be awkward to approach without a clear direction. Also, keep in mind that supporting you shouldn’t feel like a part time job: something like a quick daily check-in through text messages can be enough.
2) New activities are always easier with another person, and making a friend into a gym partner will provide a socially rewarding aspect to your sessions. Favour people who don’t have a history of standing you up or backing out at the last second.
Since scheduling between two people can be tricky, it’s often easier to make your gym date reoccurring (say every Saturday at 10), as a standing appointment is simpler for two schedules.
Now is a better time than ever to create a support network as everyone is in the same boat and likely to help each other out. So profit on this good cheer because we all know: it only happens once a year!
Sasha Tymkiw is a certified Personal Trainer and has been involved in sports (competitive swimming, snowboarding, horseback riding) since childhood, making the natural progression to personal training in her early twenties. With a bachelor of psychology, numerous fitness certifications and years of experience, Sasha views pushing one’s body as an integral part of the human experience. Sasha works both independently as a trainer and teaches around Vancouver, becoming one of the first instructors who offered boot-camp style workouts in East Vancouver. Sasha is sponsored by Garden of Life Protein Powder and will be competing in her second figure competition in March 2015, promoting a long-term, balanced approach to the sport.