It seems like one of the biggest challenges for many people when it comes to health and fitness is time. If you’re like me, you’re most likely trying to juggle your work schedule with the school and sport schedules of your children. Don’t forget to add in doctor appointments, grocery shopping, regular errands …you know the routine. Typically the first thing to get slashed from my to-do list is my visit to the gym when my schedule gets crunched. Of course, this is probably the worst thing to do because ultimately I’m left feeling less energetic when I don’t exercise, which then impacts everything else I have to do.
This leads me to my New Year’s resolution–trying to make myself more of a priority for the upcoming year. When you stop to think about it, it’s rather funny–we make it a priority to take our cars to the mechanic and get regular maintenance, but we tend to ignore the most valuable thing we have–ourselves! Since resolutions usually fall apart unless you have a strategy on how you expect to accomplish them, my plan is to enlist a little more help from my husband and kids. For example, on certain evenings when I know his schedule will allow, I will ask my husband to pick the kids up from school so I can go straight to the gym from work.
The reality is I know I feel a lot better when I stick to a regular exercise regime and when I’m feeling better I have more energy, which benefits everyone in the family because I get more done. The bottom line is that the success of my New Year’s resolution will have a positive impact on the entire household, so it’s in their best interest to be supportive (we’ll see how that goes!).
I’d encourage you to make a similar promise to yourself for the upcoming year–take some time specifically set aside for YOU. It could be to focus on exercise like I’m doing, or maybe on eating healthier or doing a favorite activity. I also came across this great list of Realistic Resolutions for 2012 on the Fruits & Veggies–More Matters website. Their all “doable” things you can realistically accomplish this year. Have a Happy New Year and let’s make it a healthy 2012!