3 Benefits of Starting Your Fitness Journey In January

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I’ll preface this post with an annual downside first. Gyms are always super crowded in January, the rush quickly dies off. At my studio it’s always 1 on 1, private, and never something you would have to worry about all year long!

So why is it good to start your improved fitness journey in January? Whether you’re shooting for weight loss, muscle gain, or improved strength you’re likely busy with the holidays in November and December. As a result, activity levels, consistency, adherence, motivation are typically down. This may not do much for your goals immediately but you inadvertently receive a psychological break from the grind and those 6 weeks or so would serve as a period of physical recovery if you’ve been pushing it hard all year long.

For the sake of this article, I’m going to write it pertaining mainly to fat loss since I’m assuming more readers are probably trying to get the holiday fluff off.

Everyone is dieting!

This may help with adherence. Family, friends, co-workers, in January it seems like everyone is trying to lose weight. You’re probably less likely to be offered treats this time of year since there was a lot of indulging during the holidays. Less temptation.

Faster Results!

What can be more motivating than quick progress? It’s probably not 100% authentic but if you overindulged you would likely be retaining a lot of water and food in the digestive tract making your scale weight higher. You really want to be losing fat/tissue but water dropping will be an encouraging sign from the scale.

You’ve also been taking it a little easier during the holidays physically? Your body would be more well rested and better fed from the overeating. The benefit is more energy and the ability to push harder! Usually with lowered fatigue, added energy, and extra bodyweight comes a strength boost as well which is always cool.

Renewed Motivation

I don’t know what it is about January but with the New Years Resolutions everyone tends to be more invigorated to set new goals and conquer them. As the year ends that tends to drop on the priority list, most will go ahead and wait for the calendar flip to get the whole process underway.


About the Author:

Taylor Carpenter is a nationally Certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, and Fitness Nutrition Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Taylor was featured as a fitness expert in the first publication of NASM's "The Fitness Edge".
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