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At the beginning of the year, we usually overcommit with our fitness schedule, we hurt ourselves and then never return.
We rarely reach our new year's fitness goals. But not because we don’t try hard enough - quite the opposite. We are going too hard, too fast in January; we burn out and injure ourselves, then we fully quit.
With resolutions, it tends to be pretty black-and-white: doing workouts seven times a week or doing nothing at all. We have to get used with living into the gray area.
This area can mean choosing a softer, less intimidating goal: moving more, instead of committing to work out seven times a week, for example.
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