The holidays are upon us and the New Year is just around the corner. For many, that means setting goals which include heading to the gym.
And so I see it beginning; the annoyed posts about people taking up machines or weights or floor space that "Person A" has been using all year because they are somehow more dedicated than the person who chooses to start in January.
As someone who is invested in the fitness industry, I have a thought regarding how people who are currently working out tend to view newcomers to the gym who inevitably show up in droves this time of year:
Instead of being annoyed that classes are full or that you have to wait longer for a machine or a treadmill, or being stand-offish because "these people will be gone in 3 weeks..." why not trying being welcoming?
Be encouraging to someone you know is struggling or try explaining a movement that someone is having trouble with. Not everyone who makes a resolution or goal to get fit will stick with it. Sometimes we have to start and re-start several times before it "sticks" and becomes part of our lifestyle. But maybe your encouragement will keep someone from quitting. Maybe it will get them to come back tomorrow and try again even though they were ready to give up today.
Maybe YOU and YOUR attitude will help someone else feel good about themselves.
We all started somewhere. Maybe it was with a New Year's resolution, or maybe it was because of a trip that required a bathing suit, or maybe it was because a loved one dealing with preventable health issues prompted you to invest in your own health.
Regardless of how or why you started, there is a reason you have been consistent. There is a reason you are there every January to welcome the new crowd of beginners. Share that reason with someone!
Make your resolution to help someone else meet THEIR goal!!