The new year is always an exciting, uplifting and positive time of year! By now, most individuals have had a chance to let loose over the holidays, reunite family ties and hopefully reflect on the previous year's activities.
In the realm of health and fitness, new year's is an exceptionally busy time. As a health promotion professional this should not do anything but excite me to see so many people standing up tall and taking ACTION! to improve their health.
Aside from all of the great positive action taking place, I still ask myself a couple questions:
- Why do some people wait for the new year to start changing? What's wrong with the other 364 days?
- Why do some people choose to make drastic changes in the new year? (e.g. I‘m going to go to the gym EVERY SINGLE DAY!) . These types of goals are unreasonable, can and have been known to lead to injury and could threaten the opportunity for long lasting and sustainable change!
- Why do some people choose to neglect to implement small and incremental changes throughout the year? After all it is usually these small and incremental changes that lead to much larger and more importantly, sustainable changes over time.
For the past decade increasing ones physical fitness, losing weight, improving ones financial condition and improving overall health have been at the top of the list for New Year Resolutions. In addition, a recent news article featuring an amazing doctor and life coach, Dr. Susan Balia, highlights that over the past decade individuals have slightly shifted their new year's resolutions to incorporate self improvement.
If you have read my previous blogs promoting healthy lifestyle behaviour changes, you know I'm a huge fan of integration and the notion that physical activity doesn't have to take too much time!
I challenge you to take the time this week to ask yourself the questions presented above, reflect on your past behaviours, identify your strengths and weaknesses and to ponder some small changes that can be integrated into your current lifestyle in fun and meaningful ways.
My next blog will focus on some tried tested and true strategies that can integrate reasonable health and fitness changes into your life!
PS. Don't forget to tell us what kind of blog entries have really worked for you in 2011 and what you would like to see more of in 2012.
Thanks for being part of the Healthy Families BC community, and have a great 2012!
Keep Positive, Keep Smiling, and Keep MOVING!