Health and Fitness Resolutions
“May all your troubles last as long as your New Year's resolutions!”
— Joey Adams
No resolutions are made (and broken) as often as the ones concerning our health. At some point we have invariably promised to lose weight, quit smoking, exercise more and generally treat our bodies more like shrines and less like industrial waste dumps. So how can we actually keep the promises we make?
Make it social.It’s not only a lot more fun to exercise with a buddy, but it provides us with extra motivation. You might be inclined to skip a workout, but not if it means letting a friend down. If you’re an outgoing sort of person, you might also consider joining a local running or walking club.
Set definite goals.Whether it’s to fit into that suit you got for Christmas or to run a 3-minute mile, set goals and make sure to write them down.
Don’t get discouraged. While setting goals is great, don’t be disappointed if you don’t hit them as quickly as you think you should. Stay positive and keep working at them. You’ll get there!
Don’t overdo it.One of the most common mistakes would-be exercisers make is to start too aggressively. Build up slowly so you can avoid muscles strains, sprains and other injuries that can derail your workout plans.
Most of all, just keep moving. Even if you can’t compete in a 100-meter Olympic sprint, you’re building your way to a healthier, happier you. The benefits of good health will affect every aspect of your life.
Here’s to a great (and healthy) new year!