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Resolutioner’s Etiquette

January 12, 2015

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It is that time of year again, when everyone vows to workout, joins a gym and then….you know the rest.

Coming from someone who is there all year long, year after year, I am here to tell you that you are annoying. While us regulars applaud your new found commitment and wish you lots of luck sticking with it, most of you are in our way, doing things that inhibit our workout, and taking up valuable space on equipment and in classes.

In an effort to have us all live happily over the next few weeks when most of you will go away as quickly as you arrived, let’s go over the ground rules once again, okay?

Know which classes require pre-booking (cycling) and which you can just walk into. We don’t take kindly to you stealing the bike we got up at the crack of dawn to book, only to have you waltz out 10 minutes in when you’ve had enough.

If you are new, get to class a little early to get help setting up, so the instructor can get things started on time.

Don’t do your own thing in a group fitness situation. There is a group for a reason. It’s very distracting to watch you flailing away at your own speed when we are doing drills. In a class like spinning, reduce your resistance to make it easier, but keep up the pace.

Don’t just stand around fiddling with your phone, or chatting with friends. You are in the way. And as for that phone, don’t even THINK about talking on it. Most gyms have a policy against it, and most people really don’t want hear you talking on it. If you are in a class, leave it elsewhere.

Pick up your towel. Even in a full service gym with lots of staff to do it for you. It’s rude, and inevitably, someone else will have to move it or climb over it before they can get to it.

If you should actually break a sweat, wipe it up! I mean, yuck!

Don’t spread your stuff out on the locker room bench so that nobody can sit on it or put their stuff down. And speaking of sitting on it, please don’t do it bare back, if you get my drift.

If there is a row of cardio equiptment, don’t take the treadmill or elliptical right next to someone else if there are lots of open ones. It’s just creepy.

Don’t leave your stuff all over the weight area to stake your turf and then not use said turf. Also, don’t do few reps and then sit there and play with your phone and your hair while others are waiting for that equiptment.

If you wear something to workout in, please wash it. Even if it doesn’t seem to smell bad and you think you can wear it again, you can’t. Trust us. The new sweat reactivates the old sweat, and the stench is stinky squared.

Please put your bag, coat, and coffee cup in a locker. Your stuff laying all over the place when it’s crowded is a nuisence, and a hazard.

When your coffee inevitably spills, please wipe it up.

It’s great that you have a workout buddy. Can you actually work out?
We don’t want to know about your date, your friend, your boss, your new shoes or hear you recite your last 7 text messages. Like, ok? OMG,that’s awesome.

We were newbies once, and we pushed through, so if you do it right, you can too.

Here are a few suggestions for success.

Schedule your workouts like you would a haircut or a dental appointment, and show up.

Try to workout at a similar time of day to start creating a habit. It will make it easier to maintain.

Set realistic goals: start with twice a week for a couple of weeks, then add another day. If you commit to too much too soon, you won’t be able to handle it, and you will become a New Year’s Resolution statistic.

If you can afford a personal trainer for a few sessions, get one. They will help you learn proper form, create a well balanced workout for you and get you off to a good start, injury free.

You probably aren’t burning as many calories as you think. Don’t undue your good work by treating yourself to a fattening snack. If you don’t adjust your diet, you won’t see results, and you will get discouraged.

Missing a workout or eating something you shouldn’t doesn’t mean it’s all over. You are only one meal or one workout away from being back on track.

See you at the gym!

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Mission Possible

January 7, 2015

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New year’s resolutions seem to be top of mind this week, as we return from the holidays ready to embrace a new regime. At the gym this morning, my cycling instructor asked the class to fill out a card with our fitness goals for the year, so that he could be a part of helping us achieve them. Later, my pilates instructor spoke a little about setting an intention rather than a resolution for the year. Hers was to “dream bigger dreams”, and to “manifest magic in her life”.

When I returned home and saw the article in the New York Times Well Blog by Tara Parker-Pope about creating a personal mission statement for the year, I knew something was afoot.

Resolutions are typically singular acts of self improvement, such as exercising more, eating better, losing weight or spending more time with the family. They are also more often than not, abandoned in a matter of weeks.

Ms. Parker-Pope suggests viewing the new year’s declaration as a corporation might view their strategic plan; by composing a personal mission statement which clearly defines your goals and values. It is recommended that one focuses on the underlying motivation for change, rather than a single behavior.

The article lists several questions to explore when developing a personal mission statement, as used by the Corporate Athletic Program:

■ How do you want to be remembered?

■ How do you want people to describe you?

■ Who do you want to be?

■ Who or what matters most to you?

■ What are your deepest values?

■ How would you define success in your life?

■ What makes your life really worth living?

The answers to these questions should be helpful in crafting a strong mission statement. Then, more actionable ways of achieiving those goals can be set, and obstacles can be evaluated to help you reach a successful outcome.

Having a deeper understanding of who you are, and what is more important to you, is key to creating resolutions that a meaningful, and sustainable.

We’d love to hear from you. Please share your mission statment, or resolution with us in the comments section.

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Resolution Revolution

January 2, 2013

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It’s a new year, and I am trying to start it off with a clean slate:
a clean house, a clean closet (1 down, several more to go) and a clean attitude.

While I believe it’s always time for a fresh start, I don’t believe in New Year’s Resolutions.

Why do we need to wait until the year begins to commit to a better lifestyle?
Why do we need to put pressure on ourselves to do something, just because the calendar changed?

Statistically speaking, 80% of all resolutions have failed by January 20.

I won’t miss seeing the swarms of people invading the gym tomorrow morning, taking up space, misusing equipment and leaving wet towels on the locker room bench. Only the diehards will still be there at the end of the month, when the rest of us breathe a sigh of relief and take back our turf.

Grocery stores will be fuller, as people vow to eat healthier and lose a few pounds. The crowds will go back to normal when people revert to the convenience of food delivery. The list goes on and on.

This year, let’s resolve not to make resolutions we can’t keep.

Let’s respect our bodies and our minds and treat them the way they deserve to be treated.  The rest will fall into place naturally.

Here’s to a happy, healthy and prosperous new year, filled with wonderful times.

Now that’s something I can commit to!

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Undoing It All

December 31, 2011

This year, I have been overwhelmed by all of the articles about how to undo the damage we are about to inflict on ourselves.

First it started with stories about eating too much candy during Halloween. Next, a pre-emptive strike against over indulging at Thanksgiving dinner, followed by binging our way through the entire holiday season, which apparently is one big food splurge, lasting from Halloween to New Year’s Day. The past week’s articles have centered around hangover cures, from the drinks we have not yet consumed on New Year’s Eve.

What started as posts about avoiding the indulgences, slowly morphed into stories about planning to fix it all in January. Somewhere, around the second week in December, even the health and wellness writers threw in the towel and moved on to repair tactics.

If you live a healthy lifestyle, very little of this is relevant. Yes, Thanksgiving has become a carb fest, slathered in butter and brown sugar, and sprinkled liberally with pecans, but it is just one meal. Truly, how much weight can you gain from one meal?

It’s about eating it, enjoying it, and going back to normal healthy eating the next day.

Sure, there have been more temptations lately, but if you make wise choices most of the time, a little indulgence is fine.
No time to workout? Sorry, I don’t buy that one. Get up, get to the gym and get on with your life. It keeps your stress levels in check, and makes sure that your pants still fit after all those treats. No gym? Go for a walk. Just do something.

Next week, the gym will be flooded with the New Year’s “resolutioners.” The ones that vow that this year will be the year they diet and exercise. They fill up the classes, hog the machines, and mess up the locker rooms. They are also gone by the end of the month.

I don’t really believe in making New Year’s resolutions. I believe in taking each day as it comes and doing the best I can with it, whether it’s January or July. Instead of setting a big goal that is often unattainable, why not simply commit to doing better a job of taking care of your body and your health? Why not find simple tweaks that can improve your lifestyle, and go from there? Find something active that you love to do, and doing it will become pleasure, not drudgery.

Don’t look backwards at the things you can’t change, but try looking forward to the things you can do better.

Instead of spending tomorrow trying out that trendy new hangover cure you just read about, why not drink mindfully tonight, and spend the day enjoying all of the possibilities that a new year brings?

Here’s to a great 2012, filled with health, happiness and love!

Xo Indigo Jones

Photo: Glasshouse Images

Big Inspiration

January 22, 2011

This is a public service post for those of you who are falling off the New Year’s Resolution diet and fitness bandwagon….a photo of the heaviest man in the world. Weighing in at 1225 pounds, Manuel Uribe has recently dropped to 900 pounds, and plans to get down to a respectable 200 pounds.If he can do it, so can you!
Make health a priority and exercise a habit. You will love how good you feel!


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