January is more than halfway over. People who made health and wellness resolutions are either going strong or possibly need some help. While the gyms are still fairly crowded, it is often around this time where quite a few people start to lose their steam or focus and slowly reduce their gym visits. (Maybe you regulars are saying finally). Because of this, lots of gyms and studios launch “30 Day Commitment Programs.” It is the gym or studio’s hope that you’ll continue to be a member and thus they launch a 30 Day Program. OK, we know that part is money; however, a 30 Day Program can reignite someone’s fire.
These programs consist of 30 days for a variety of reasons (in case you might have wondered).
1. 30 days is a month. It isn’t forever. It is a small commitment and people are more likely to stick with or agree to a small commitment because it seems more doable than possibly a year. It is a Baby Step.
2. It is enough time of repeating a behavior that just maybe it might stick coupled with the desire to lose weight, get healthy, tone up… We all know it is way easier to create a new habit verses breaking one.
3. Gyms and studios make it easier when they offer programs and ways to support the Commitment. Maybe they offer more classes of which eliminates or reduces the I can’t make it during time “X” excuse. Maybe they put up some big display with everyone’s names on it and for every session a person attends, a person earns a star or something to place on the display. Public displays often motivate people through friendly competition since we all want to be successful and winners too. Maybe the gym/studio film and post YouTube videos on their website or Facebook page so people can do the program on the days they can’t make it to the gym or studio.
4. Often there is some type of reward at the end. Who doesn’t want to win stuff???
You Can Do It!
Now if your gym isn’t doing a 30 Day Commitment Program that doesn’t mean you can’t do one. You can organize one with your friends or do it on your own. Your tracker doesn’t have to be any more elaborate that that of a simple calendar you write on. Then you arrange to attend your respective goal’s classes.
I’m Doing It Too!
In case you are wondering, I too signed up for a 30 Day Program and I’m a participant. Mine happens to be a 30 Day Yoga Practice. We started on the 15th. At my place, we have a linear calendar where participants can mark their practice with a dry erase marker. In the end, we’ll earn some bling. Not sure what the bling might be yet. Last year it was a Yoga Commitment T-shirt. (I guess, I’ll find out).
No Gym/Studio Options:
If you happened to do a yoga commitment, I have some outside of class suggestions for days you can’t make it to the gym or studio or if you’re a stay at home type.
1. Gaiam DVDs are taught in plain language, sequenced well, and are easy to follow. I personally favor Rodney Yee. You can get these videos at all sorts of places like sporting good stores, book stores, Walmart, Target, Whole Foods…even online.
2. Online yoga subscriptions are fairly cheap. I really like YogaToday.
3. Free YouTube videos are another great option. I personally like Tara Stiles and also Yoga with Halaria Baldwin. These two have an extensive library to choose from. I’ll even give a shout out to YogaFit as they have a few as well.
So whatever Commitment Program you may of sign up for…just know that you can do it. Even if for one day you missed for whatever reason, don’t consider your self a failure as that is not what these programs are aiming for. Instead, do the math. For instance, let’s say you did 28 days out of 30. That’s still an A for effort when you calculate the percentage. In my book that’s not to shabby!
Keep that practice going. (I wrote about this topic back in January 2013 incase you want to read more. Check out “A Clean New Slate to Start Upon: Making Yoga One of Your Healthy Habits” written on 1 January 2013).