January News (2011)
Dear Practice Friends,
Happy New Year (coming up shortly)! For many, the days leading up to January 1st present opportunities to think about what has been accomplished over the course of the current year and consider what is possible for the next year. I’m a fan of fresh starts. They can happen on any day of the year, at any moment of any day, though I acknowledge that there is a strong appeal in charting your commitments in a brand new calendar.
New Year resolutions can be a hit or miss event, depending on a number of variables, one of the most prominent being that people often set goals that are unrealistic, or they fail to break an audacious goal into smaller, bite-sized action-steps.
There’s also another variable that often goes unnoticed and it has a direct bearing on your ability to make positive change that is both achievable and sustainable. Click on this link for the full text.
When we look forward in time, envisioning ourselves new and improved, we tend to create a static image, a picture of a better self, to which we grant a sense of permanence. We set our goals to achieve peak fitness with the assumption that, having reached our goals, we will stay like that forever, or at least for the rest of the year. But in the same breath you and I both know that progress in action is messy. So we have competing claims:
Progress envisioned = “To infinity and beyond! Right now!”
Progress applied = “Two steps forward, one step back”
By being aware of this dynamic, we can generate complementary claims instead through a few simple shifts:
- Break the year into three phases: pre-peak, peak, and post-peak.
- In plotting out your timeline on the calendar, allow enough time – around 4 months – to reach your peak. This pre-peak phase is enjoyable when you start to see both the steps forward and the steps back as a natural part of the growth cycle.
- Plan for both “transformation training” and “maintenance training”: The training you do to reach your peak should be designed to generate the changes you wish to achieve. Upon reaching your peak, switch to a maintenance program for the remainder of the year. Seriously, your muscles and joints will thank you.
- Plan for, and enjoy, your post-peak phase. The key here is to allow for those life events – holiday meals, vacations on a beach – that will inevitably impact your body and your mindset. If your goal is to reduce your waistline by 3 inches during your peak phase, plan for a 1-inch gain from September through December. It’s most likely going to happen. If you know this, and you agree from the outset that a net loss of 2 inches on your waist over the course of the year is a win for you, then you can experience Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas or Hanukkah with a sense of victory rather than being miserable with guilt.
The point of a New Year’s resolution is to do something positive for ourselves, so that at the end of the day we are happier than we were before. Some folks are happier by choosing not to make any resolutions at all, which is fine. Regardless of whether you approach the New Year strategically or spontaneously, I hope you’ll make Practice an integral part of your vision for a healthy body and mind in 2011.
Free New Year’s Matwork Class!
Get the New Year started right (or work off the grogginess from New Year’s Eve) with a free matwork class, Saturday, 1.1.11, at 10a with Patrick.
Our Thursday 7p yoga class has moved to Tuesday, starting Jan 11, at 7p. The Thurs. 6p class is cancelled for the winter.
Practice Strength 2011
For the New Year, I’m crafting the Practice Strength program as a 14 week Intensive for new and existing clients who want to train for peak fitness this winter. I will work with clients on a weekly basis in private or duet sessions, offering guidance and support to help you establish an inspiring vision, set effective goals, learn to practice eating well, and train your body for optimal fitness.
Please email Patrick at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in making 2011 your strongest year yet!
I’m happy to announce that rates for both standing appointments (Privates, Duets, etc.) and group classes (Matwork, Yoga, Group Reformer, TRX) will remain at 2010 price levels for 2011. Good News!
Are you kidding me? You’ve been partying since Halloween! It’s time to dig in and focus on your training. Besides, it’s cold out there!
10 Great Reasons for Practicing Yoga in 2011
In the spirit of David Letterman’s daily top 10 lists, our resident instructor, Joy Karl, has given us 10 excellent reasons for including yoga as part of our fitness regimen for 2011.
Research: The Benefits of Exercising Before Breakfast
Check out this article from the New York Times that relates a recent experiment in exercising before breakfast.
Note: If you are experimenting with this yourself, make sure you do your exercise early and then eat breakfast (within 30-45 minutes) after your workout. Delaying your first meal in the day can actually slow your metabolism!
Practice Class Calendar for January, 2011