Students take their New Year's resolutions to the Rec Center

So, any of the regular gym-goers, be it athletes, fitness nuts, or muscleheads, have noticed a sudden influx of new people. People who have before now never been seen in the confines of the Rec Center. I believe the meme says it best: “Brace yourselves, the New Year’s Resolutions are coming!”

And so the gym goers are treated to a gym crowded with guys who don’t know what they’re doing, or who are just going through the motions, thinking “I’m going to lose weight and get a six-pack by summer by walking on this treadmill!”

Dude, I hate to break it to you, but you’re not. Not unless you stick with it past Jan. 30.See, that’s the date a lot of people think is the cutoff point for the New Year’s resolutions, if they make it past the 30th, then they mean it. If they don’t, then they were just taking up oxygen. So, my message is this: Stay. Work. Get a plan and get after your goals.

I personally love seeing people whom I’ve never seen there before, but that excitement turns into disdain when three weeks later, they’re gone. Your body ain’t going to change drastically in two weeks. So don’t give up because it didn’t. You owe it to yourself. You made the resolution, so keep it! Even when it’s hard. Even when it hurts. Even if the only time you’re going to be able to get to the gym is right when it opens, get there and get after it! If you miss a day, say “I’ll go again tomorrow” and then do it! If you do, you’ll see the change.

You’ll reach your goals if you work at it. Your willingness to endure pain and trouble to reach your goals is a sign of discipline. And that discipline is what you need in your everyday life; to be a good student, a good employee, a good spouse, a good parent, or to be good at whatever it is you hope to do with your life.

Consider today and tomorrow. Today is the first day of the rest of your life: what are you going to do with it?