Thursday, December 16, 2010

Why You Should Be Thinking of Fitness for 2011. Plus, Upcoming Giveaway!

Now I know it's December and the focus is on fun, family, and food.  Believe me, I'm no Scrooge when it comes to indulgence over the  holidays.  But even as you grab that 3rd gingerbread man, remember that now is a good time to be thinking of what you want for yourself in terms of health and fitness in 2011. 

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!

9 comments:

Judy said...

Thanks for following. Im now following back. Have a great day :)

Dawn said...

I hear you on this!!!
I have been online trying to figure out what races to run this next year.....cause if I don't have anything planned- everything else goes out the window:)
Now to get my butt out there!
(It's tricky feeling like you want to run over snow and ice though....hearing the treadmill call my name isn't so happy;)

warren said...

Does shivering count as a workout?

Facing50Blog.com said...

Hi! I've hopped from somewhere but being so old I've forgotten from where! Loved the title of your blog and was very interested in your post. I'm always thinking up new ways to get fit...that's about as far as it goes though. Warren's comment above was very good too I thought. I have added myself as your newest follower.
Please drop by and maybe follow me if you fancy a laugh. I'd be delighted to welcome you.
Friendly wishes from a snowy UK
Carol from www.facing50withhumour.blogspot.com – the blog that gives you laughter lines. (Has that put you off?)

Andrea (ace1028) said...

Sounds good to me. I am actually planning to post today about something semi-similar. You inspire me, mama!!! (Now, off to make those oreo truffle balls ...!)

Tiggeriffic said...

O.K.. I have this walking dvd that I need to get out and use.. So in 2011 I'll watch it and then I'll do it.. How's that.. plus I have lost 25 pounds and need to lose more.. My Doctor will be very happy..~! and my body too.
ta ta for now...from Iowa...
Is JP going to join?

Kim said...

After my stepmom and my dad's heart problems this Christmas, my husband and I have committed ourselves to losing weight and getting in good physical shape . . . starting January 1.

Jeremi said...

okay, good pep talk. this is something i really need to get better at .... and you are an inspiration : )

Home In The Hollow said...

Well, Baby Girl, you KNOW I'm old and you also KNOW that I, too, feel the benefits of exercising. And you're right about the first 3 months. Because now, the kids and I make it to the top of the mountain and that's with me doing a slow intermittent jog!! Bring it on, 2011!...:)JP