Lifting for healing blog
My musings about fitness, wellness and bodybuilding. Also: tips, insights and viewpoints!
Here I am getting ready to head for the gym last month. As we enter 2020, I want to lay the ‘New Years Resolutions’ fallacy to rest. Here's why I don't do resolutions...
I view my fitness regimen like eating; it’s a daily need for sustenance. It’s that simple. For me, fitness is not a fad, a phase or a lifestyle. It is also not a 'New Years Resolution'. It is simply a part of living. If you don’t eat, it won’t be long before you are unwell. It’s the same with fitness, if you do not move, it won’t be long before you are unwell. So fitness cannot be a 'resolution'. It has to be a regular part of your daily life, plain and simple. Make it so, and you will be happier and healthier for it!
So why do so many well meaning people fall prey to making 'New Years Resolutions' that over 80% will never keep? Because, a resolution is just a fancy way to say 'choice'. When we 'resolve' to do something, we are attempting to make a choice. And yes, we do choose our state of wellness in many ways. We choose to smoke, or not to. We choose what and how we eat. And we choose whether or not we move. If we make choices that are unhealthy, we end up unhealthy. But choices are fickle. We make good ones and bad ones throughout our life. We need something stronger than choices or resolutions. Ultimately we have an awful lot of control over our wellness. What it all boils down to change. We all think change is hard, but we do it constantly. To change unhealthy behavior, you have to find a healthy behavior you enjoy as much or more, and replace one for the other - permanently. Like smoking after eating? Try replacing that activity with chewing on a cinnamon toothpick while taking a brisk, refreshing walk. It's all about positive change.
So don't make resolutions. Resolutions are like shiny objects that dazzle for a time, but lose their luster in short measure. Instead make a permanent change for your wellness. Trust me, you'll thank yourself some day for it!
John Two-Hawks is a Grammy® and Emmy nominated Recording Artist, Speaker and Author who has given keynote addresses and performed at events of all kinds in venues around the world for decades. He teaches global, earth-based approaches to physical, emotional and spiritual health and wellness, and achieving a balanced life of purpose and passion. He is the author of several books on healing, wellness and wisdom.