With only a few days left in 2015, it’s time to start thinking of ways you can find your best self with a new year on the horizon. You know the deal, and your inbox is probably already clogged with emails for discounted gym memberships and 2-for-1 yoga pants with the assumption that every right-minded woman in this part of the world is making weight loss their top priority for 2016. If it hasn’t been hammered into your brain that January = leafy greens, treadmills, sweat stains, and absolutely zero fun then congrats, please swap Twitter feeds with us.
But here comes a cool mist to refresh you. There’s one gym in Ohio that’s actually banning the overhyped weight loss resolutions we hear way too much about. (Stop wiping your eyes, you read that correctly.) Justin Green, the owner of Source Fitness, knows that pressuring yourself to drop 50 pounds before the next Met Gala isn’t the way to go, and he’s created a program that “bans weight loss goals when it comes to tracking pounds for the new year.” Take that, every media source out there who insists weight loss resolutions are mandatory.
Green told a local Ohio news station, “We are trying to get people to understand that someone making a goal of losing weight and gauging it by measuring the pounds lost that you lose whatever you set your goals as is really the wrong way of going about it since all your doing is throwing your body in a negative energy balance.” Instead, it’s about setting realistic goals that, you know, don’t give you 30 days to drop three dress sizes if that’s your dream. Makes sense.
If hitting the elliptical at 5 a.m. every day is on your 2016 bucket list so you can look thinner by spring break, that’s cool. We salute you. Do whatever makes you feel like Ashley Graham in her Love video. Maybe weight loss isn’t on your radar for 2016 and you want to punch this gym owner in the face for even assuming you have weight loss goals at all, and that’s cool by us. But we can all probably breathe a tiny sigh of relief that there’s one less gym out there telling us we need to get our butts to the gym the second the ball drops Friday morning to get to our ideal new weight, and for that, we’re #thankful.