Here are the top ten new year’s resolutions according to about.com. Is yours on this list?
- Spend more time with family and friends
- Fit in Fitness
- Tame the Bulge
- Quit Smoking
- Enjoy Life More
- Quit Drinking
- Get out of Debt
- Learn Something New
- Help Others
- Get Organized
So many of us look to the new year with a resolution in hand. We want to reclaim the body we have let go, re-attend to the proper management of our resources, re-unite with the people we have let slip away. We want to stop over-indulging and address what we haven’t been taking care of.
Statistics say that less than half of us will be successful, come June.
Imagine with me what new year’s 2013 would look like if we didn’t need to make a new year’s resolution? What if we attended to our health all year long and prevented the need to lose weight, made a regular place for fitness, had a regular date with family or friends, didn’t engage in behaviors we knew were unhealthy and added behaviors that were?
What if we practiced prevention all year long? Out of gratitude for the lives we have been given and the bodies (one per person!) we have to live them in. Practicing prevention is SO much easier than making restitution.
What if we passed this practice along to our children?
I come to the end of this year very aware that health can be fleeting because not all injuries are preventable. I learned that in a big way when I slipped in the mud on the playing field and ruptured my hamstring tendon. Surgery and 8 months of rehab and recovery later, I am getting back in action. And I am more grateful than ever to have the use of a strong, fit, coordinated body.
So I start this year re-newed. More ready than ever to get health and fitness into our homes and our schools and onto our playing fields. With thanks to the One who mended my hamstring and has me up and running again.