12 Ways to Keep New Year’s Resolutions

Movement can be playful!

It’s all too common. We make our New Year’s Resolutions to get and keep moving with exercise routines on Jan 2nd and by February we’ve forgotten all about it. So how do you stay motivated? Here are some tips for keeping active longer. Different suggestion work for different people, so figure out what it is that motivates you!

Keep Moving Tips

• Make sure a class or gym you register for it close. The closer it is to you home, the more likely you are to do it.
• Find a seasonal activity to love. Maybe swimming in summer or cross country skiing in winter.
• Meet a friend. You get to visit and move. Plus you hold each other accountable.
• Make sure it’s fun. You won’t do it if you hate it. And movement can and should be fun.
• Only allow yourself to watch TV if you are moving. So you can watch if you get on the bike, elliptical or get down and do some crunches.
• Agree to at least 5 minutes of movement a day. More often than not once you get started you’ll do more, but if […]

12 Ways to Keep New Year’s Resolutions2018-02-14T16:00:57-04:00

Just Get Started

I went to Waterford High School, where I think I was lucky to have a number of really good teachers.  One of my favorites was my junior year English teacher, Gail Dimaggio.  She set up classes like Socratic seminars and asked us to think about what we were reading.  It’s hard to teach someone to think, but that typically seemed to be her goal.  One of her regular reminders was to “just get started.” 

She told us that starting is always the hardest part, but once you start to write a paper the doing gets easier.  Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were wrong.  It’s not the waiting that’s the hardest part.  It’s the starting.  Mrs. Dimaggio was right.  There are […]

Just Get Started2018-02-14T17:44:43-04:00

Winter Walking

It’s been a season of eating (and it isn’t even Christmas yet).  I already moan in disgust when I think about chocolate (although I still continue to eat it).  Part of me can’t wait for January to get back on track.  And while I hope that includes some healthier eating  (I’m considering giving up sugar for January and February this year),  I know myself and I know I rather be moving.  So I’m committing to walking 15 miles a week.  That is only 5 miles three times a week or 3 miles five times per week—contrary to my counting in class, I can do math.  In addition to my regular exercise routine, I used to do that easily, but lately I haven’t made time for it.  I’m lucky if I get out once.  Walking is vital to my mental health as well as my physical wellbeing.

Anyone want to join me on this three month challenge to add 15 miles of walking per week?  My Grandma used to walk three miles a day and she swears it’s what has kept her healthy and agile.  If you attend my classes, you recently saw me act out her impressive ability to balance on […]

Winter Walking2014-12-23T06:57:14-04:00

New Year: New Balance

Did you create a New Year’s resolution this year?  For the first time in my life my New Year’s resolution seems simple: find balance in life.  I hope that means I don’t have to meditate.

Matt and I take a walk each year around this time to talk about the previous year and to discuss our goals and ambitions for the coming year.  This was perhaps the first time in my life I didn’t have a mile-long list of all the things I’d hoped to do.  Instead I just wanted to balance everything I do in life better.  I’ve learned in 2012 that life is about constant adjustments.  Sometimes they are unexpected and you need to make your life work around new or different challenges.

The hard part is that I don’t even know if I believe in balance.  Sometimes I think it’s a mirage that self help books have us always attempting to search for until we lose balance in the search—left feeling like we can’t keep the weights […]

New Year: New Balance2014-08-04T18:02:18-04:00

Small Resolutions–BIG Difference

Here are some small changes you can make in 2012 to help keep maintain healthier habits.
1)      Eat more fiber—studies have shown that eating 24 instead of 12 grams of fiber made women intake about 90 calories less per day. 
2)      Do something different—variety in a workout is great for better balance and muscle health
3)      Butter or salt food on the side that will touch your tongue.  The flavor will hit you faster and you can use less of it.
4)      Make exercise […]

Small Resolutions–BIG Difference2014-08-04T18:02:35-04:00