Ask most people what their new year’s resolutions are, and I’d venture a guess that at least 7 out of 10 would list ‘get in better shape’ among their top 3. If the follow up question were “how many times have you made this resolution?” or some derivative, likely at least the same percentage would respond that they have made the same resolution year after year.
New year’s resolutions are great way to reflect on the past year and proclaim your intentions for the year to come. Easy to say but often hard to do. Why do so many find it difficult to make their intentions a reality? Please share your challenges in the poll below so we can address those challenges in future posts. [polldaddy poll=2483687]
I was reminded recently that if you give a person a big enough ‘why’, they will figure out the ‘how’ and ‘when’. I can’t think of a bigger ‘why’ than living longer and healthier so I enjoyed the WSJ article, “The Hidden Benefits of Exercise,” With frequent distortions and manipulations of the truth utilized by the media to generate the greatest response, it can be difficult to figure out what’s best. A healthy dose of common sense and some simple facts can provide the answer: regular moderate exercise and good nutritional practices based on whole foods will improve your health, enhance your productivity, focus and mood, aid your ability to fight illness and recover from it. “No pill or nutritional supplement has the power of near-daily moderate activity in lowering the number of sick days people take,” says David Nieman, director of Appalachian State University’s Human Performance Lab in Kannapolis, N.C. in the article mentioned above. Add good nutrition on top and you’ll be able to quantify the improvement in your health and well being more meaningfully than simply the absence of illness.
Whatever your intentions, make them a reality and kick this decade off right.

from WSJ article