“This Isn’t the Year for Quitting”: Arnold Schwarzenegger Shares Startling Fact to Motivate People Aiming to Get in Shape

Published 02/07/2024, 6:30 AM EST

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76-year-old bodybuilding legend Arnold Schwarzenegger never needed a New Year’s resolution to start training. Bodybuilding greats like Reg Park and Steve Reeves inspired the Austrian, and he followed his vision for success. However, that doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with a New Year’s resolution. Arnie doesn’t want you to give up on them.

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The seven-time Mr. Olympia winner highlighted a startling fact in his newsletter. While you often hear fitness gurus claim that many people give up on their fitness resolutions, Schwarzenegger wrote down a number. It’s a startling number that would only increase as the year progresses. However, the champion bodybuilder has a solution.

Arnold Schwarzenegger gives a harsh reality check

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At the start of every new year, millions of people across the globe resolve to get in shape and live healthier. However, by February, “43 percent… give up on the resolutions they set,” wrote the former Junior Mr. Europe. Arnie told his readers to think about the fact that “It takes one month to cause almost half of the people to give up on something that mattered to them.”

However, in Arnold’s Pump Club, the fitness icon told his readers to say: “Not this year. This isn’t the year for quitting,” out loud. The bodybuilding legend explained that people stop training in the gym because most start with lofty, and frankly, impossible goals. Arnold Schwarzenegger wrote that it’s impossible to make too much progress in just a month without harming yourself.

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The former Mr. Universe explained that no matter what your favorite influencer says, transforming yourself takes time, effort, and discipline. You must love doing it and make it a part of your lifestyle. Hence, going from never walking to 10,000 steps in an attempt to lose the most weight in the least time is not a wise idea. But worry not because ‘The Terminator’ has a plan for you.

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One must change one’s thought process

‘The Austrian Oak’ aims to help people make fitness a part of their lives through his newsletter. Instead of promising rapid but short-term results, Schwarzenegger wants you to be fit enough to pump iron at 76.

The former Olympia winner wants his readers to “know that health takes work.” Hence, he wrote that everyone should have smaller goals within a larger vision. The Hollywood action icon wants people to work until fitness becomes a regular habit and believes it’s possible through meeting small goals.

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However, fitness doesn’t have to be bland or grueling. Arnold Schwarzenegger never fails to celebrate the goal victories on the way to larger goals and neither should you. That’s how you keep yourself from becoming part of the 43% who quit.

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