I’m a big believer in New Year’s Resolutions. Actually I would take that a step further and say that I’m a big believer in any goal-setting that will lead to a healthier and happier lifestyle.
I’ll use this article: Top Ten New Year’s Resolutions as a list and add my own thoughts to each of the ten.
1. Spend more time with family and friends. We live in a culture that places so much value on working ourselves to the limit. Try to remember that there are more important things in life than work and this is a great place to start.
2. Fit in fitness. This is a no-brainer and a big one after the holiday season when the most exercise people get is doing fork bicep curls. Are you looking to get in shape? We have all kinds of great options for everyone here at Empower Personal Training. Click here to schedule a free initial consultation to talk to us about the options.
3. Tame the bulge. Don’t be a part of the rising percentage of Americans who are considered overweight or obese! Diet and exercise (cliche, I know) are the keys to achieving and maintaining a healthy body composition. Empower has some fantastic new nutrition packages for those looking to lose weight. Click here to schedule a free 20 minute phone consultation with a registered dietitian.
4. Quit smoking. Again, I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know. Smoking puts you at a heightened risk for a ton of different health issues and it’s a good idea to find a healthier outlet. Seek help from a professional.
5. Enjoy life more. This goes back to my earlier comment about spending quality time for yourself. Is there a hobby you used to love but no longer have time for, like playing a musical instrument or a sport? Find something that interests you and dedicate a few hours of your time per month doing it!
6. Quit drinking. Believe it or not alcohol has a ton of calories in it and consumption isn’t helping your second and third resolutions from this list. Ideally we wouldn’t ever drink but this is a hard habit to quit. A good solution might be to cut alcohol intake in half or decide to only drink on one night per week.
7. Get out of debt. Take a look at your credit/debit card statements and save all your receipts and bills. At the end of the month put everything on the kitchen table and do an honest assessment as to what you absolutely need, somewhat need, and have no need for. Use this to help you make better decisions during the month about what to spend your money on.
8. Learn something new. This is similar to goal number five of enjoying life more. Is there something that has always interested you but you’ve never had the time to look into it further? Make it a resolution to spend 5 hours per month dedicated to this interest.
9. Help others. There are a billion charities out there that all could use some help whether financially or physically. Google is a great resource to look them up. It will not only help the lives of others but give you a sense of fulfillment that you can’t achieve from anything else.
10. Get organized. Dedicate one hour per week to going through every one of your closets, attics, basements, and garages in your place of residence and clear out everything you don’t need or use anymore. Once it’s done you won’t have to worry about it anymore!
Some additional thoughts:
- This is a large list and chances are that these resolutions don’t all apply to you. Even if you could benefit from each of the ten I would encourage you to try just one or two at a time.
- Having said that, make sure you actually follow through on your resolutions after you’ve set them. Telling other people can help hold you accountable but talking about things doesn’t get anything done. Walk the walk!
- Finally, I’m a fan of setting resolutions that are permanent. I don’t like when people say “I’m going to stop eating chocolate for one month.” First of all, some chocolate is actually pretty good for you! Secondly, you’re probably going to be craving it and will binge eat in February. Instead, say you can only have dark chocolate in limited portions, twice per week from now on.
We’d love to hear your goals. Share with us what you’re changing about your life in the New Year in the comments.
Paul Piracci, BS CSCS
Paul brings a background of athletics and education to the Empower team. He believes that wellness should be viewed as a blended lifestyle that balances nutrition, a healthy mind, and fitness which incorporates fun recreational activities. For more information about Empower Personal Training please call (919) 401-8024.