The hectic holiday gifting and travel and entertaining are finished and with a big sigh of relief, you can say goodbye to the stresses of that season (while remembering the joy).
Have you noticed that most new year resolutions are about fitness and diet? “I will stop smoking and take up jogging.” “I will lay off the bad carbs – except for one sweet per day – once and for all.”
For most people, fitness resolutions are abandoned by St. Valentine’s Day and only a vague memory by spring. But there are some people – and you can be one of them – who make fitness resolutions that are so in sync with their work and relationships that they not only keep their resolutions, they enjoy them!
Develop Your New Year Schedule
You’ve already taken the first step toward fulfilling your new fitness resolutions by acknowledging that you need to re-organize your schedule. Everyone has an agenda, but many people allow detours and interruptions to become the rule, not the exception. Those are the people – and usually women – who sacrifice their own health and well-being to accommodate the needs of others.
Examine your lifestyle. Women in their 20s and thirties have unique health and wellness requirements; exercise for women over 40 needs to be structured differently. What are your priorities? If your fitness regime isn’t one of them, it’s time for a change.
Write it Down
It’s a basic premise that writing and posting your resolutions in a prominent place at home or at work will keep you motivated. But it works. The physical act of writing and the visibility of posting lend credence to your goals.
Rather than assign the task to yourself (“I will spend 30 minutes on the treadmill and 30 minutes on the track every Thursday.”), focus on the deliverables. What do you want to achieve? “I will increase my stamina and overall health with exercise and nutrition every day.”
The purpose of fitness resolutions is to effect positive, healthy change. Rigidity in your schedule will only cause stress. Self-discipline is necessary, of course, but there are times when you have to switch priorities. Perhaps you’ll have to make a schedule change before you attain your goal. In fact, it’s a good idea to have a plan to manage change! Winston Churchill said, “To improve is to change. To be perfect is to change often.”
Wake-up Fitness Resolutions
Here are some DIY (do-it-yourself) exercises and stretches you can use as part of your morning routine:
•While still in bed, slowly stretch to touch your toes without bending your knees.
•After you get out of bed, get on the floor and hold a plank for one minute.
•Journaling – Rather than review your day, start every day with resolutions and affirmations “What would make today terrific?” “Today I will take meditation breaks.” You might review your journal before bed and make additional notations.
Your Holmes Place Initiative for 2017
We hope that Holmes Place will be an important part of your new year resolutions because our goal for 2017 is to help you help yourself to move, eat, and feel well.