Happy New Year! Here we are again, ringing in the new with resolutions for a better, healthier year. Most of us do this, firm in our resolve to make our lives better by losing weight, getting into shape, all while breaking the bad habits of the past 12 months.
Resolutions are a funny thing, though. They begin with a tremendous amount of energy and enthusiasm, which usually tapers off within a few weeks of normal life after the holiday festivities have ended. This year, don't set yourself up for another failure. Try a new approach; one that can succeed for the long term. Sign up for the President's Active Lifestyle Challenge.
The President's Active Lifestyle Challenge is open to everyone and anyone who wants to participate; educators, groups and organizations, individuals or couples can benefit greatly. So can individuals with disabilities, kids, carnivors and vegans. The website, linked above, is filled with detailed information and plans about all aspects of achieving a healthy and active lifestyle. Encompassing everything from healthy eating to strength training, you have the ability to choose your own particular challenge; one that you commit to for a reasonable and manageable 6 to 8 week time period.
It takes approximately 30 days to break an old habit or develop a new one, so this challenge will give you an opportunity to do so without an expensive gym membership or a frustrating, hard to follow diet plan; a common sense approach to developing new, healthy routines. After you've chosen your challenge, see your healthcare professional to discuss your goals and have them partner with you to help you in achieving your goals. Get your family and friends involved. Everything is more fun and rewarding when shared with people you love. Did I mention that at the completion of your challenge there is an award certificate? Indeed there is; something to frame, be proud of and help to motivate your continuing success.
At the end of the challenge, you will have started 2013 with a sustainable, fresh outlook and will be on your way to a healthy and active lifestyle that can benefit you for years to come. Good health can become a way of life, not an on-going challenge or a broken New year's resolution.