A Smarter Approach to New Year's Resolutions: Setting Goals with DEXA, RMR, and VO2 Baselines

A Smarter Approach to New Year's Resolutions: Setting Goals with DEXA, RMR, and VO2 Baselines

As we start a new year, conversations about resolutions become inevitable. Yet, the statistics surrounding the success rate of these resolutions are often disheartening. The drop-off rate in gym attendance, delayed starts, and the difficulty sustaining goals are some of the key points  touched upon by Sal Di Stefano, Adam Schafer and Justin Andrews  in their podcast Mind Pump

They delve into the challenges of maintaining New Year’s resolutions in a recent discussion. 

Understanding the Numbers:

Adam highlights an intriguing statistic- 45% of people drop off within the first week of making a resolution and 20% of the 45% never even begin. This prompts questions about the familiar gym traffic patterns. The trio speculates whether the bustling gym environment we witness months into the year might be composed of those who preserve after the initial drop-off. 

The Resolution Delay:

Just raises a compelling point- how many individuals delay the start of their resolutions? The  discussion unfolds to reveal that a significant portion of those who make resolutions may not kick-start their fitness journey on January 1. This insight leads to an exploration of the psychology behind delayed resolutions. 

Setting goals with Sustainability in Mind:

Sal highlights the challenge of maintaining resolutions, especially given that only *% of individuals actually achieve their goals. The trio reflects on the difficulty of sustaining achievements, emphasizing that a small percentage of those who hit their targets manage to maintain the results. 

A Holistic Approach: 

The conversation then shifts to a more sustainable approach to New Year’s resolutions- starting with a baseline. The trio Introduces the idea of incorporating DEXA scans, RMR (resting Metabolic Rate, and VO2 (Oxygen Consumption) measurements to establish a foundation for fitness goals. 

Why Baselines Matter:

Understanding one’s body composition, metabolic rate, and cardiovascular fitness provides a comprehensive picture. This data not only helps in setting realistic goals but also allows for a more personalized and sustainable approach. DEXA scans reveal body fat percentage and bone density, while RMR and VO2 measurements provide insights into metabolism and cardiovascular health. 

As we have started a new year, let’s challenge the conventional approach to resolutions. Instead of relying solely on willpower, consider a data-driven strategy. By establishing baselines through DEXA, RMR and VO2 assessments, individuals can set realistic and sustainable goals. The key is to move beyond the initial enthusiasm of a resolution and embrace a holistic approach to health and fitness that lasts throughout the year. Here's to a New Year filled with informed and achievable goals!

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