The change is happening. It’s dark in the morning, when it wasn’t just a few weeks ago. There’s a cool crispness in the air. There are many mixed emotions at this time of the year; it feels like a beginning, yet there’s sadness as the days get shorter.
For those of us beyond the “going back to school” age there is still an excitement that is felt. The newness is inspiring. This is a great time of the year to set health improving goals.
Let’s think about this for a moment. Since what seems to be the beginning of time, January has been when we set those new year’s resolutions. Seems to me that there couldn’t be a worse time. It’s cold outside, the days are short…and dark. And, there’s snow that’s hard to move around in when it piles up. To top it all off, we’re working against our biological programming that tells us to hibernate (eats lots and curl up somewhere to stay warm). January is the worst time of the year to get active and it’s also the worse time to cut back on calories! It’s like deciding to climb Mount Everest tomorrow. Of course, that is an exaggeration, but it does make a point.
“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Now is the time to get moving. It’s a great time to establish a new habit or two. There is still enough daylight to be outside. The heat of the summer is giving way to the coolness of the fall without the numbing chill of winter. And you’re ready. Take advantage of that feeling. Decide now that you’re going to establish a habit that will carry you right through the December’s holiday season because it will be another part of your routine.
Walking can become jogging. Jogging can become running. Running can turn into cross-country skiing when the snow comes. Fitness builds on itself. It really is that simple. One step at a time. Starting now.
Something to think about.