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New Year’s Resolutions? What’s the point anyway?

Every January I notice that the gym seems to have some new faces, and faces that are necessarily new…because I say them last January. Those who choose to make fitness a lifestyle dismiss these people as “New Year’s Resolutioners”. People who will show up for a week or so and then won’t be seen in the gym or another year, if ever. The thing is, change is rarely simple or easy.

 

People who want to change their lifestyle to a healthier one should realize that taking two steps forward and one step back is normal. As a former smoker I can tell you that I quit about six times before the final “quit” stuck (It has now been 15 years since my last cigarette). Who cares if you set a resolution and mess up during the first week? The point is that you stick with it, even when you fail. This quote by Michael Jordan sums it up for me:

 

“I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”-Michael Jordan

 

So good luck as you set your New Year’s Resolutions and if you need more inspiration keep in mind that people who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t. (source University of Scranton, Journal of Clinical Psychology).

 Top Ten New Year’s Resolutions for 2014 

  1. Lose Weight                                         6. Learn Something New
  2. Get Organized                                      7. Quit Smoking
  3. Spend Less/Save More                        8. Help others
  4. Enjoy Life to the Fullest                      9. Find Love
  5. Stay Fit and Healthy                            10. Spend more time with Family

If you would like help in making lifestyle changes please contact me at briserna@yahoo.com  

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