Happy New Year from the Alberta Sport Development Centre at Medicine Hat College.
A New Year brings about feelings of anticipation and hope. It is usually a time when people set goals for themselves and look to make changes for the positive. This applies to athletes as well. The New Year is a time when athletes formulate goals for the next calendar year.
One of the most common criticisms of New Year goals is that they only last for a month or so. For the most part, this is true. Fitness facilities see their highest membership sign-ups in the early part of January; although, statistics show that less than half of the individuals who make New Year fitness resolutions maintain their goal six months later.
Where am I going with this?
Making New Year resolutions is not the answer to fitness or athletic success. Success is a way of life. No athlete has success when they make a goal and renege on it a couple of months later. Athletic success can be equated to breathing. An athlete needs to want to succeed as much as they want to breathe. No one makes a goal to breathe and then quits six months later.
We see this way of thinking with a lot of our Athlete Enhancement Program athletes. We have early morning training sessions every Monday and Wednesday at 6:30 a.m. The athletes who want to be better show up on a consistent basis. They don’t start coming for a few weeks in January and then taper off as time goes on; they consistently show up to the training sessions throughout the course of the year.
We have a great group of hockey players in our program this year. There are eight athletes from the South East athletic Club (SEAC) AAA teams in our program this year. They show up consistently to our training sessions, and their success as individuals is shining through. When we did our fitness testing before Christmas, it was the SEAC athletes that tested the best. You can see it in their eyes that they want to get better.
Derek Jeter, the famous New York Yankees shortstop once said, “I wouldn’t call myself great. The thing that I prided myself on in my career was consistency.”
Don’t make New Year resolutions. Make a choice this New Year to create a lifestyle of consistency.
Cory Coehoorn is the coordinator of the Alberta Sport Development Centre at Medicine Hat College. He would love to chat with you and answer any questions that you may have regarding their programs and services. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 403-504-3547.