Every January we resolve to “do” something, “make” something, “be” someone we currently are not.  Maybe we are striving to taking the time to read more, spend less, and increase the quality of time with our friends and family.  Fantastic things for which to aim!

However, it’s the middle of January, and if you check in with all your intentions for the brand new year, how are you feeling about all of which you have chosen to resolve?  My bet is that there are a select few that are on the right track.  Are you one of those individuals?  Or are you someone whose best laid intentions are starting to weaken as “real” life has taken over your goal to be down 40 pounds by the end of the month. (PS: this is not realistic)

Stop resolving!  Resolutions are painful.  Start looking at what you would like to change and where you are in your personal life.  Start thinking of your resolutions as your intentions, desires and outcomes.  Decide that YOU actually want to do something to make a positive change in your life and find and understand your why behind them.

Being told you have to lose 30-40 pounds by your doctor because that is what the clinical norms say, isn’t necessarily a good why.  But wanting to lose weight because YOU would like to feel better, move better, keep up with your kids, be more active and improve your health because you would like to hang around this earth in a healthy state for as long as possible, that’s a good why.  

The health and fitness industry is ever changing and in January every year, the public gets inundated with promises of the best workouts to achieve the best results.  If there truly were a best program for everyone to receive the best results, wouldn’t there only be one program for everyone?  News flash; there isn’t one program that caters to all the individuals out there looking to improve their health and fitness level. In the nearly 30 years I have worked in the health and fitness industry, there is one message that has stayed consistent; “eat well, move more”.  Simple, but not always easy.

The bottom line is there are many fantastic ways to get in shape and stay on your journey to improved health and well-being.  Your goal is to find out what feels good to you and makes sense to you and your why.  And know that change doesn’t happen overnight, or within a month or even a year.  Positive change is a process and my challenge to you is to enjoy the journey with your good intentions.

“Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it.  The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible you.” -Earl Nightngale

Submitted by: Charlene Morin, BS, Certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor, Director of Flow Fitness at Riverwalk