Super Health Revolutions For The New Year
Each year brings about a feeling of optimism that we can make some sort of positive improvement in our lives. We construct our New Year’s resolutions with the hope that this will be the spark to make that desired change. Yet, to no avail, months pass on by and many of us lose sight of the goal that we set forth to achieve. Often times, we feel down on our physical appearance and want to do something about it but don’t know where to begin — whether it be to lose those added pounds that had been gained from holiday festivities, to sign up for a membership at the local fitness club, or just to get out of the house more frequently and take a walk. Many individuals have the drive, but feel too overwhelmed by the thought of putting the wheels into consistent motion and quickly lose motivation.
To stick to your New Year’s goals, we should take a different approach and call it a New Year’s revolution. That was not a slip of the tongue. A revolution indicates that you are serious about this change and willing to stay the course to achieve your goal as opposed to abandoning it — which in essence defines the word resolution in one aspect as something coming to an end. How do we then get started and stay with it for the long haul?
First, it is important to do some metacognition to best understand your own thoughts and have control over them in order to side step any potential pitfalls or obstacles that may impede progress toward the goal. All too often, time and money are the major culprits for why people don’t stay the “super health” distance.
Most health professionals believe that a three-day workout routine a week is more than enough to get into and stay in shape. The secret to maintaining consistency is to start slowly to build physical endurance, especially if you have taken a lot of time off or haven’t exercised in a long while. If you are able to go to a gym or fitness club, then start with light weights performing high repetitions. If you cannot afford or find time to go to a gym, there are many exercise routines that can be performed easily at our jobs during certain times such as pulling your navel in towards your spine and tightening the abs. Push-ups and sit-ups are good ole’ fashioned weight bearing exercises that will help strengthen your core. Regularly working core muscles will strengthen your abdominal muscles, reduce back pain, and improve balance and stability.
For a complete list of exercises, foods to eat and foods to avoid based on your occupation, you can check out my book Top Ten Tips For Tip Top Shape: Super Health Programs For All Professional Fields. If you have any questions, please contact me at www.douglashaddad.com.
Douglas Haddad is the author of parenting/child guidance book Save Your Kids…Now! The Revolutionary Guide To Helping Youth Conquer Today’s Challenges and co-author of Top Ten Tips For Tip Top Shape: Super Health Programs For All Professional Fields. He is a full-time public school teacher in Connecticut.
“We usually give up on our New Year’s resolutions, but REVOLUTIONS are big changes made that will stick with us for a long time.” ~Douglas Haddad