It’s officially February and if you walk into any other non CrossFit gym you will probably notice something. All of the crowds are gone. That’s because by February 1st almost 70% of people already give up on their new years resolutions.
We see the same kind of thing from beginners in fitness. At first personal records, improvements and change happen at a rapid fire rate. It’s easy to be motivated during that first high. However once the process slows down the motivation seems to lag. People that are motivated purely by constant results will fall off the wagon. They will leave the program they are at to “go find something else”. They constantly jump ship and never stick with anything.
What I would rather see is for you to find something that you enjoy. Not results you enjoy, but rather enjoyment in the process of fitness. Enjoy the actual exercises, the sweat, the breathing, the environment. Find something that you will continue to come back to regardless of the results because you just love doing it. When you do this you will begin to realize some of the non physical benefits of exercise. Things like stress relief and improving your mood, finding new friends, etc.
Most people who can’t stick with a program were there strictly for results. They may have even hated every minute of the program but stayed because they wanted to get those results no matter what. Eventually, those rapid fire results slow down and they leave. In order to find a long term solution, you need to find something you love to do. Those of us who have been in the CrossFit world for nearly 10 years now love the process, not the results. It’s rare for me personally to hit a personal record these days but I still work hard in the gym because I enjoy it. I have embraced the plateau where I am at and enjoy all of the things I get from exercise that aren’t directly related to traditional results.