Alright, stop sulking over the soap-on-a-rope you got from your Great Aunt Edna for Christmas. It’s not as bad as the doily of the month club your brother was enrolled in. No time for whining, another year is on the ropes and about to go down for the count. There’s still time to check a few items off your list of resolutions you had intended to resolve before the end of this year. Get out there champ…climb that mountain, lift those weights, lose that weight….wait. No, you’re right, it’s too late. Hang the clothes back on the treadmill and hustle back to that tub of liverwurst before it goes bad. There’s always next year.
For those of you that can’t decide on what to resolve this year here are a few possibilities to bolster your health and improve the prospects and promise of your 2014. Disclaimer: The results of the following resolutions will vary. Consult your physician before tackling any resolution that is intended to elevate your heart rate beyond the norm or requires you to lift things heavier than you’re accustomed to.
- Resolve to get the daily recommended allowance of fiber. Decreases your chances of heart disease and increase your chances of getting a private office.
- Resolve to be more active. Sweat away the holiday sweets and unwrap those abs by getting 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week. Start slow…your temple won’t be built in a day.
- Resolve to make your muscles more muscly. Muscle burns fat, improves balance and stability, increases bone density, and makes old classmates jealous at reunions. Strength training for just 10 minutes a day is good place to start.
- Resolve to enjoy life. Friends, family, vacationing, gardening, singing, dancing, dodgeball, hopscotch, harmonica…whatever it is that makes you smile inside and out.
As you stride confidently into the New Year remember…don’t take any wooden nickels, don’t look a gift horse in the mouth, be wary of clowns and mimes.