2001-01-06 / Sports

Fitness Forum New Year’s Resolutions By Shaun Ruskin

Fitness Forum
New Year’s Resolutions
By Shaun Ruskin

I know, I know, once again I’ve left you without a question and answer type column. What can I say, it’s the New Year, and there’s something I’ve wanted to speak about ever since I was old enough to even understand this New Year’s resolution craze. Now that I have the platform to deliver a meaningful message to you wonderful people, how could I not selfishly take advantage…you understand, I’m sure.

In any event, I think it’s safe to say that 90 percent of our New Year’s resolutions are in some way related to health and fitness. It’s also safe to say that I honestly have absolutely no data to support the percentage that I just carelessly threw out to you, but I’m sure 90 percent can’t be to far off, so lets just work with it.

Now, whether you resolute to overhaul your entire diet, work out six days a week, or even quit smoking cold turkey, it’s almost a fact that these resolutions last about as long as the 10 second countdown to the New Year. So what can you do to end this annoyance and keep your positive changes going strong? You can stop being so impractical and unrealistic with these silly resolutions, and stop using the New Year as a time to reconstruct your entire lifestyle. Let’s be real. How many people can transform their whole diet, or quit smoking, all in a matter of a day. It’s insane to think many of us can and will, which is why there’s so much laughable failure when it comes to New Year’s resolutions.

Forget about them! Instead of using a date to change your bad habits, slowly attempt to correct them, starting right here, right now, day by day. That’s right! If you’re smoking a cigarette at this very moment, while reading my column, put it out now, not later. Right now! No more excuses. Then try not to puff away for the next few hours, or even the rest of the day. Do the same tomorrow, and so on, until you won’t need or want to smoke, anymore.

What about exercising. Don’t put it in your head that you’ll be hitting the gym six days a week. Please, you won’t even make it there for six minutes. Just join up, and go work out. If you enjoyed yourself, and are happy with what you did, go again and again. Eventually it’ll become part of your weekly activities; you’ll love it, and won’t be able to see life without it, and it’s good for you! Wouldn’t that be fabulous?

You see, one of the problems with New Year’s resolutions is the retched idea that you’re planning to change a part of your lifestyle that you happen to enjoy. If you didn’t enjoy it, you wouldn’t be doing it. Right? So let’s attempt to adjust the way we think o fix this dilemma.

Instead of thinking of joining a gym (or quitting smoking or whatever else you resolve to do) as a bad thing, think of it as what it really is, the opposite -- A positive modification, which will better your physical and mental well-being. It’s amazing what great things your mind is capable of if you use it in a positive fashion.

So do just that, and forget your resolutions. Focus on what makes you feel warm and happy inside. Chances are they’re not the habits you resolve to change, or else you wouldn’t want to change them in the first place. Okay, I’m done playing psycho-analyzer. You get the idea... enjoy yourself, take it slow, day-by -day, and I’ll see you at the gym.



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