Monday, 26 December 2011

Resolutions to Move You!

New Years is traditionally a time for making resolutions.  Webster's dictionary defines a resolution as a "firm decision to do or not do something" Every year hundreds of people take stock of their situation, make a firm decision and promptly fail. Most resolutions are what Mary Poppins called pie crust promises - easily made - easily broken.

Its the keeping, not the making, of the promise that often proves difficult. provides excellent tips about how to make a resolution stick. The site suggests folks come up with a plan, do it quickly and write it down. Make sure the plan has some depth and length and is flexible enough to roll with any adversity that might impede progress. Add to these ideas the development of a support group. Let others know about the goal and the possibility of the resolution lasting more than a few days increases dramatically.

Dr. Mike Evans has a resolution for consideration. Watch his Youtube video 23 and 1/2 hours where he outlines "the single best thing people can do for their health". Dr. Evans is an advocate for walking one's way to better health. His 9 minute video speaks for itself, but its main message asks people to resolve to be active at least 30 minutes per day. Evans comes at his topic the other way round, suggesting people limit sleeping, eating and sitting to only 23 and 1/2 hours a day! Sounds easy, but as mentioned, promises are easier to make than to keep.

Resolutions have implications for education too. The resolution process is simply effective planning, followed by acting in a person's best interests. Getting active has its own rewards in improved health, which in turn leads to improved capacity for learning. Being organized and fit for success gives everyone a better chance to deal with education matters!

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