Your Health & Fitness New Year’ Resolutions
This is the time of year when we all think about the changes we want to make to improve our health and happiness. Many people dismiss New Year’s resolutions, but I like to embrace them and use them as a positive roadmap forward. Making and keeping resolutions apply the assets of focus, discipline and fighting spirit you’ve developed from exercise to other aspects of your life.
When you work out, you know that change is possible. If you have done it with your body, you are primed to make it happen elsewhere. With this idea in mind, I came up with the following 10 projects that you might consider taking on in the New Year the same way you tackled getting into physical condition in past years.
Resolutions For Your Body
1. For one day, eat only foods with no added sugar. Whether you weigh more or less than you want or are just right, a day free of sugar will get you off the roller coaster of sugar rushes and crashes. You’ll gain extra mental stamina, energy and concentration, and you’ll sleep better.
2. Ask friends, members of your family and your exercise teacher to give you feedback on your posture. The way we hold ourselves affects so many things, including breathing and muscle movement, and our perception of it may not reflect the way we truly look. Get a reality check, and if your posture is found wanting, consider making serious effort to improve it.
3. When you’re walking, sitting or standing for some time, try to keep your abs pulled in for 20 consecutive minutes. You already have strong abs from your workouts. Now train them to perform for you all day. This effort will challenge your concentration.
Resolutions for Your Mind
1. Banish one bad habit for 24 hours. Whether it’s biting your nails, swearing at other drivers, watching too much TV - anything - try not to do it for a full day.