Thursday, January 5, 2012

Resolutions 2012

Happy New Year!

So I'm a few days late, but better late than never, right?

With the new year come New Year's resolutions. And every year it seems like the majority of those resolutions are to do something in order to improve your health. If I had to guess, losing weight would be the most common resolution that people make. Other common resolutions often include quit smoking, eat healthier, and drink more water.

So if we consistently resolve to live healthier, how come we are getting unhealthier as a country every year?

The answer is pretty straight forward. It is only the 5th of January, and already a large number of people have given up on their resolutions. Statistically, only about one in five resolutions last. That means 80% of our resolutions fail. Why so many failures? Making major changes to your lifestyle is difficult, and if you're not fully committed to the change it is easy to revert back to your old ways. And even if you are fully committed, slip ups happen. The key is to not let the slip up become the last straw. Instead, brush or off and get on with the changes you are working towards.

So whether you decide to lose weight, stop smoking, or get more exercise, the start of a new year is a great opportunity to make a lasting change for the betterment of your health.

And if you happen to fall off the wagon at some point, don't get discouraged. Just resolve to start over and then keep going.

You can do it.

As for me, this year's resolution is going to be a tough one. I'm setting my sights on running 728 miles for the year. I'll keep you posted on my progress throughout the year.

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