Jan 182011
Authors: Shane Rohleder

A poll posted on Yahoo News revealed that the No. 1 New Year’s resolution for most people is losing weight. One-fifth of the 5,000 people who took the poll ranked other popular resolutions like “falling in love” and “getting a job” as less of a priority than trimming down.

According to an article on PsychologyToday.com by Jonathan Fader , the reasons why people struggle to attain their New Year’s fitness goals is because they don’t enjoy the exercises they are doing, and often try to attain lofty results too quickly. So when the next year comes around, they continually have a resolution to get fit.

To “get fit” has been atop my list of painful priorities for the past six or seven years. My first day back in the gym this year showed me I wasn’t alone. It seemed everybody from the cross-country runners to the roll-me-through-the-door types were inside getting in shape again.
This caused me to ask myself: Why have I never been able to stick with a routine fitness plan?

The answer I came up with fell in line with Fader’s prediction: I hate the exercises I’m putting myself through.

With this in mind, I began to research alternatives to weight training, paying particular attention to exercises I thought fit my wiry, spastic, high-energy personality. I readily compared these personality traits to that of an ant. I’m always running around like crazy working on something, or looking for sugar, or curiously crawling up some foreign object only to be flicked off and smashed. I’m an ant kind of guy.

Being an ant guy I found that I like being outside when I work out. I also like getting dirty, Obviously warm gymnasiums and clean weights are not leading to a committed fitness routine. Thus, I decided that my new fitness plan for this year will be simple: for upper body it would be push-ups and chin-ups, for the core, sit-ups, and for the legs, trail running or biking.

The beauty of these exercises is that I can do them anywhere and they involve no weight lifting, which is something completely new for me. I can get outside, I can get dirty and I’m actually enjoying sticking to a routine instead of dragging myself into the gym every week for another painful work out.

The point is, when choosing your fitness routine for the year, try going for something new and enjoyable. If the gym is the right place for you, great, go to the gym. If it’s the mud, then go to the mud.

For you “gym rats,” the CSU Rec Center has set up two sections for weight training, two sections for circuit training and has treadmills and Elliptical’s for cardiovascular training. If the above exercises don’t sound appealing, check into the fitness classes offered this semester, perhaps Zumba is just what you need.

If you’re looking to get out of the gym, grab a map of the parks and trails located in and around Fort Collins and come get dirty with me.
So, if your conviction is to lose some weight, or get fit this year like the rest of the mob, you’re more likely to achieve your goals if you’re doing something you enjoy. And, perhaps in the fast-approaching summer days you’ll be able to show off a little bit of what you did last winter, instead of a little bit of what you hid last winter.

Shane Rohleder is a senior communications studies major. His column appears weekly in the Collegian. Letters and feedback can be sent to letters@collegian.com

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