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Ditch the Resolution, Keep the Resolve

Maybe this is the year that you start running your life like your body was important to you. Get resolved to take responsibility for your body.

Here it is early January of a new year, the time that many people make New Years’ Resolutions, most of which last less than two weeks. Two of the most popular resolutions are to lose weight and exercise.  The primary reason that most people fail in keeping these resolutions is that they don’t have the resolve or strong enough reason to make the change to a healthy lifestyle. A secondary reason is a lack of understanding of what is a healthy lifestyle.  When you add this to no measureable objectives and a lack of planning, is it any wonder people fail.

Most people wait until there is a health disaster before attempting to change their lifestyle.  They enjoy the foods they want to eat, and exercise is perhaps a weekend event. 

Unfortunately, far too many are on the Wishing and Hoping health plan. 

That is they are wishing they felt better, and are hoping they don’t get really sick. I try to motivate people to take charge of their health, but this is a real up-hill argument. One of the ways I try to get others to think about making a healthy lifestyle change it so put in a language they understand…business.

Most people have a business background, either working for a business, or owning their own business.  To run a successful business you need to understand the importance of making a profit and knowing what a healthy business looks like. The owners and workers understand the importance of growing the business or the consequences of a sick business, which is a loss of a job or company, with accompanying loss of income.

Business people have an internal inspiration to have the company succeed and don’t wait for action out of desperation because the business is sick. Good managers and owners are proactive, with measurable goals and plans.  They understand what business techniques they need to employ to meet these goals and to grow the business so it can be healthy.

I have told a number of people that if they ran their business like they run their body, they would be fired or bankrupt. Would you work for a manager or owner that knew the business was getting worse each year and they only had the wishing and hoping plan?

So, maybe this is the year that you start running your life like your body was important to you ….maybe like your job or business.  Get resolved to take responsibility for your body.  Maybe in the process you can set a great example for your family. 

Stay tuned for more information on “how” to take charge of your health.

Paul Jolie, Owner, Vibrant Life Fitness USA

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