New Year’s Resolutions

By Jen Monroe

I recently got into a debate with a friend on the topic of New Year’s Resolutions— and in this case in particular making the resolution to get healthy or in shape. My friend took a pretty hard stance toward irritation of those that decide to change their lives come January 1st —(directed  particularly at people who take up precious gym space/equipment that those who live a healthy lifestyle use year round. ) She even went out of her way to mention that the only positive she sees in it is the laughter she gets out of those who misuse the equipment or even fall off treadmills.

Now I’ll be the first to admit, people falling in general is one of my favorite things to laugh at. We’ve all done it— as long as no one is hurt; I think it’s pretty hilarious. However, in the case of people trying to change their lives, I don’t find it nearly as amusing. I am fortunate enough to have grown up an athlete, and have had many personal training sessions over the years, so I know my way around a gym (and I have the coordination to figure new things out if I don’t already know how to properly use something). With that being said, I fully understand that some people lack coordination, balance, athletic ability, or the basic understanding of gym equipment to have early success in the gym. In fact, I APPLAUD those that have the courage to try and figure it out on their own, knowing that they may lack some of these skills. Aside from those that have the confidence of a supermodel or body builder, most people walk into a gym feeling pretty self conscious as it is, so to me that first step in is already a battle won.

It may be cheesy or hokey to set a New Year’s Resolution to change your life, but so what? If that’s what it takes for you to reevaluate your current situation, and determine it’s time to better yourself, then so be it! It really is just a day on the calendar and nothing more. Regardless of my own personal beliefs in “resolving for a better me on January 1st”— who am I to bring you down? In fact, this year, I am taking the stance of hope and positive attitude toward those that want to get better, in all aspects of their lives. With great improvement comes great success, and I think we all deserve the right to feel successful at our own lives.

Keeping that in mind, one of the greatest ways to move forward when setting a new goal is to really plan out how you can get from A to B.  Even the most spontaneous people go into situations with a plan, and setting new goals is no different. Recognize the problem and figure out HOW to change it, and you’ll be well on your way.

Hooray to those that had the courage to recognize their problems this January, and good luck to you in your endeavors moving forward. May you find success being the new you this 2012, and do me a favor—make those naysayers eat their words, you CAN DO it!

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