To Resolve or Not to Resolve: Outlandish Fitness Goals Not Recommended

New Year’s resolutions—ah, what fun.

This time of year was always a blessing and a curse for us personal trainers when I worked in a health club several years back. Inevitably, the club would go from ghost town to wall-to-wall bodies. Great to have new people in the gym seeking their goals of health and fitness, but it always caused difficulty for the regulars trying to get their workouts completed, as the facility is taxed with maximum occupancy. … Another danger, quite relevant to American culture, is the creation of an overplanned, excessively busy life. One of the topics I spend a good deal of time on with my Westmont students, creating a stressful life pattern is viewed, oddly, as a badge of honor.

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