Happy New Year, everyone!
One of the first things I did yesterday was check my horoscope. It’s a fun thing to do, and I don’t take it too seriously – I cherry-pick the predictions that are positive and run with those.
One of those positive predictions was related to fitness. It pretty much mapped out my entire year – how long it would take for me to ramp up on a particular goal, when it would peak, and how wonderful I would feel if I challenged myself.
It got me thinking about a series I did on here about a year ago, called “31 Days of Healing.” We provided health tips throughout the month of January to help you get and stay on track with your resolutions. It was great fun to do, and many of you read the posts and even commented on some.
So I’m resurrecting the series, and it will follow the same path – tips on how to improve your health when it comes to prevention, fitness, nutrition and overall well-being!
Since yesterday was a holiday, this first post will include two health tips, which hopefully you’ll find to be very timely as they revolve around new starts:
Tip #1 – Sticking to you New Year’s Resolutions
This is a difficult one, but there are some things you can do to make it happen:
- Lists – keep a list of your resolutions in a place where you’ll see them everyday. Tape them to the refrigerator, on your desk at work, or even to the dashboard of your car. It makes it difficult to cheat when your resolutions are starring back at you everywhere you turn!
- Milestones – if you have a larger goal, like running a 5k, mark on your calendar when you’d like to be running a mile, and then two miles, and so forth. Aiming for and hitting these smaller goals will help you to reach your larger goals in no time!
- Inspiration – if you’re working on your fitness or nutrition, start a scrapbook of photos that will inspire you to keep going. Years ago, my roommate and I pinned photos from fitness magazines of what we aspired to do in the new year, and we both competed in and finished our first triathlons that year.
- Reward – once you hit your goal, or even your milestones, make sure you reward yourself. If you’re reaching for a nutritional goal, reward yourself with a few bites of food that’s not on you list. If you’re aiming for a fitness goal, reward yourself with an hour-long massage after the event.
Incorporating any or all of these tips into your quest for sticking to your resolutions will make the process more enjoyable!
Tip #2 – Start today and make a new ending
This is very much in the spirit of kicking off the new year on the right foot. Many of my friends on Facebook were passing around a link last week, and I found it to be inspirational. The article’s title, 30 Things To Stop Doing To Yourself, was eye-catching, and once I started reading it I couldn’t stop. It’s a short list of life-lessons on how to stop letting things and people hold you back so that you can have your best life. A few of my favorites on the list are:
1. Stop trying to be someone you’re not – it’s a very freeing concept, and a scary one also. To take a good, hard look within yourself and recognize who you are and accepting it is a momentous feat for many, but it can really help you get to where you want to be in life.
2. Stop overlooking the beauty of small moments – this rang very true for me. The small moments happen all day, every day, but most of us are too busy checking our smartphones to see them. My favorite “small moment” this year was watching a patient, fully recovered from a heart and kidney transplant and looking like a new person, play sweetly with his dog while I was there to interview him for a follow-up story.
3. Stop being ungrateful – if there’s anything I’ve learned while working for such an amazing hospital, it’s to be thankful for every breath, every day and every friend in life. Nothing is guaranteed, so don’t take anything for granted.
I think we’re off to a great start – and I hope you are also!