Positioned right after the gluttony and outrageous spending of the holiday season comes the season of resolutions. This year I will not, eat the entire sleeve of cookies, I will not buy dresses to events I have not yet been invited to, and I will certainly not waste the majority of my downtime online looking at vacation pictures posted by people I went to high school with.
Sadly, all things that will probably end up happening.
But these are also all things that I am resolving not to do, and I have found that breaking a habit is much harder than simply replacing it. I came across a great article recently featuring Olivia Munn, which deals with the issue of fitness as a lifestyle.
Personally, I am never going to log long hours on the treadmill.
I don’t have the patience and no television show is interesting enough to make me forget that my calves are burning. I enjoy running as a warm up, or a quick workout, but year after year I resolve to run a half marathon and year after year I “fail”. What I really love, and what I could spend hours doing, is dancing. Nothing professional, I mean dancing around the house, preferably with the shades drawn because I am not the most coordinated when it comes to physical activity. Yes, I love to dance, and apparently so does Olivia Munn.
So this resolution season, instead of the marathon I’ll never run, I’ll focus on fun. Because there are only so many hours in the day and I am never going to be happy spending them pounding the pavement. If you are really expected to spend a good chunk of your free time doing something athletic, at least make it something that you enjoy. Sage advice that I know I’ve heard before, but that I actually plan on taking to heart this year. So instead of that extra mile maybe I’ll devote a little extra time to a cardio dance session after that next Girl Scout cookie slip up.