This Month's Theme: Black Belt Resolution

Martial Arts PracticeAccording to USA Today, only 22% of people who establish New Year’s resolutions actually follow through on their personal promises. Why then do so many individuals begin the New Year with a goal of weight loss, only to end up failing? The answer lies in a lack of understanding regarding the planning of the actual resolution while lack of commitment is another strong reason for failure.

The fitness industry is constantly introducing new products to spark interest. However, the attention given to exercise machines is often short-term, with the user eventually becoming bored and unmotivated. To permanently
shed those pounds, a person must remain faithful to a plan of action. The goal of weight loss should not be confused with the resolution itself i.e., merely purchasing exercise equipment or starting a diet. Rather the goal should be to implement a plan, carry it out, and achieve the goal. At FIMA our Martial Arts and Fitness Programs can help in understanding these goals, making plans (resolutions), and having the ability to achieve success with those plans.

The next dilemma many people face is commitment to the goal. Again, martial arts can be an invaluable tool as by definition the martial arts teach commitment. Because it is fun, martial arts is a great way to get in shape for the New Year. It’s always easier to commit to a fitness goal, achieving long lasting results, when the physical activity is enjoyable. Martial arts continuously motivate and challenge while exercising the body, burning fat, and building muscle tone.

In addition to having the support of martial arts training, the following five valuable lessons can assist with the realization of any resolutions. It is imperative to set goals before making any resolution. If the resolution is to quit smoking for instance, ask the reason why. Remember, goals are the final accomplishment (i.e., being a certain weight); resolutions are the actions used to ensure the goal is achieved (i.e., exercising three times per week). Most people do not make the distinction between goals and resolutions, and therefore fail before February.