by Oscar Castillo, Photographer: Vanessa Balderas, Location: Planeta 80, Models: Simbry Rodriguez & Israel Gaona, Makeup Artist: Omi Trad
George Bernard Shaw once said, “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” Change and innovation are themes that are quite popular this month as we embark on a brand new year. Many are the individuals who seek to make that one positive change in their lives which would make it all better.
There is a common trend that occurs in January that leads many to actively pursue these “resolutions.” These are promises made to oneself or to others for a change to come. According to research done by the site Statistic Brain, around 21% of resolutions involve getting in shape or becoming healthier, 12% are focused on self-improvement, 8% for a more secure or better financial situation, and the list goes on. Some other goals include quitting smoking, to travel more, to spend more time with family, to learn new things, to find love or a better job, and even to just perform more good deeds for others. The site goes on to state that around 41% of Americans tend to form resolutions. In the first week, it is recorded that 72.6% will maintain their resolution. However, those numbers do not last. After two weeks, that percentage drops to 68.4%, after a month, to 58.4, and past six months, it falls to 44.8%. It shows that 37.8% of people in their twenties achieve their goals, while only 16.3% of individuals over 50 do so.
A lot of focus (including this month’s issue) is implemented on health. Life is about all sorts of things like family, love, friendship, work, and fun. However, without health, many of these would not be possible. It is important to harbor both a healthy mind and body in order to live life to its fullest, and to be able to properly function. There is a reason why so many focus their New Year’s resolutions on health matters. Perhaps they are trying to look better so they may feel confident or to impress that special someone. Perhaps they are trying to stay healthy for their family and so they can spend many more years with their loved ones. Whatever the reason is, becoming healthier is always beneficial.
Usually, the hardest part of anything is starting. Knowing where, how, and even when to begin a new goal is extremely important to its realization. It is many the individual that simply launches oneself on this new road in life, without really knowing or preparing for the challenges that may litter the path. For any resolution, but especially those involving health, it is highly important to go in with a plan in mind. Do not simply take to the weights and treadmill and decide to eat nothing but tuna and broccoli. There is a process for everything.
First off, before starting any exercise regime or diet, it is severely important to consult with a physician first. A diet can indeed be detrimental and even deadly if performed incorrectly. Visiting a nutritionist can greatly help as they will assist in preparing a specific plan for individual needs. Not only that, but physician assistance is necessary to determine what kind of existing health problems one may count with. These may hinder or worsen when beginning an unorganized exercise regime, and could even cause physical injuries.
Speaking of injuries, to avoid them while working out, one should also seek the help of fitness professionals. This especially applies to someone who has never been part of a workout regime or who may be new to gyms. If one immediately goes for the weights or any other machine, they may use them incorrectly or malpractice the exercises. Furthermore, an ineffective workout will bear in little to no results. This may be the reason why many become frustrated with their resolutions and may end up giving up on them. By planning ahead, seeking help, and making sure to do things right, results should become more evident.
One should always strive to be better. Just as there is no such thing as perfect, there is also always room for improvement. The beginning of a new year means the beginning of new possibilities for our loved ones and us. Never stop working towards your goals. This New Year, make a “new you.”
Of course, with a good workout schedule one also needs a good diet. Once individual nutritional needs have been gauged and determined, it will be easier to setup and follow a diet. Strictness may vary between diet, but one should know that there are many options out there. As well, healthy food does not have to mean tasteless. Whether it is from professionals at the local gym or online, there are many who can help prepare and plan out meals for various diets. It is important to note that not all diets or exercises work for everyone, so finding what does for the individual is key to getting in better health.
Lastly, the most important part of any resolution is to follow through. A determined mind is the most important factor in any long-term or short-term goal. It takes drive and a strong will to stay on task. Although it may not be easy, in the end, those who manage to follow through will succeed.