I know that people say that New Year's resolutions are meant to be broken. That most people don't keep their resolutions for longer than a week or two. It doesn't have to be that way, though. I'm proof that you can keep resolutions. That's right, I have a shameful skeleton in my health closet. I was a smoker. I never touched a cigarette prior to my senior year of high school, but once I started I continued. All through college I was smoking little sticks of death. And after. For ten years off and on, altogether. So yeah, stopping was no easy thing. But as New Year's of 2003 approached I made a goal. A goal to stop smoking and to replace that habit with running. And you know what? I haven't touched a cigarette since. And running stuck. I've since run 8 marathons, 1 ultramarathon, and numerous smaller races in between. Yeah, I'm not very fast, but I enjoy it.
Some of the benefits that have come from exercising regularly (besides general health) have come in the form of balance. I can take the punches of life much easier. Furthermore, exercise helps me to be more creative - many of my best ideas have come when running. When I used to work full time doing juvenile probation, I often brainstormed on various problems my teens were facing as I ran up yet another hill. Running has become a central part of my life.
You don't have to go all out with running, though. I realize it's not for everyone! You can, however, get health benefits and mental benefits from all different types of working out. I challenge you to start thinking now about some fitness goals for 2011. And when you set those goals, give yourself a 3 month spread. Why 3 months? What I've found from when I first started running (and in returns to running post-surgery and post-pregnancy) is that the first 3 months are tough. They aren't necessarily going to be all that enjoyable. You'll really feel like you're working, and some days you probably won't want to do it. The thing is, though, if you can push yourself through those first 3 months, you will definitely reap rewards. Not only will you be more fit after 3 months, but suddenly, you'll find that your workouts are more enjoyable. And easier! Yes, they do get easier. Think about committing to 3 months of fitness for 2011, and I guarantee that when April rolls around you'll be feeling much better about yourself.
I want to do something to help YOU reach your fitness goals in 2011. Luckily, the CSN stores approached me about doing a giveaway. Have you ever checked out the CSN Stores? They have everything! You can visit them HERE. And next week, I'll be hosting a giveaway for some awesome fitness dvds and gear from the CSN Stores to help one lucky reader focus on workouts this winter. Stay tuned!