Every January 1 we make resolutions. "I will lose weight." "I will get in shape." "I will make lots of money." "I will learn a new skill." While those intentions are good, how long do we really stick to those resolutions? If you are really dedicated, maybe 2-3 weeks.
The problem comes when our goals are not well defined. Expert after expert recommends setting specific goals with time frames. But the average person does not do that. They set general goals with no time frames and then give up.
Goals need to be set in terms of long-term and short-term goals. Take losing weight. The long term goal may be to lose 30 pounds this year. The short term goal will be to lose a pound per week. If the goals are manageable and reachable the more likely you are to stick to them.
Martial Arts can provide a way to reach goals such as losing weight, exercising and learning new skills. Start by setting a goal to check out your local martial arts school. See if you can arrange a few classes as a trial to see if you like the instructor and the art before you commit to a full year of classes.
Next set your goal to attend so many classes per week. If you want to lose weight 2-3 per week may be a good place to start. Most martial arts have patterns or forms that you need to learn to progress through the belt/ranks. By practicing these at home, you are exercising more frequently.
Next set your long term goal. Depending on the marital art, there may be set amounts of time to progress from one rank to another. Discuss with the instructor a reachable goal for the year. It is highly unlikely that you will get to black belt in a year. Keep in mind that long term goals are long term and not something that you will achieve in a short period of time. If you reach your goal early, set a new one. Without goals you will give up and stop training.
The bottom line is you need to take that first step: get off the couch and get moving. The journey of a 1000 steps starts with one.