In a day and age where “super size it”, “I’ll have fries with that”, and “do you have these pants in a size 54 Waist” are common phrases we often have trouble finding the motivation to invest in our Health and Wellness! As Americans we are currently facing tighter deadlines, pay cuts, reductions in force, and a heavier workload professionally and personally with our families. Stress is overwhelming our lives yet we don’t look in the mirror and question what we can do to fight these Assassins that are taking our health, vitality, and mental clarity from us on a daily basis.
That’s where exercise, nutrition, and wellness come in as the savior’s to our vicious circle. As a former college athlete I know the importance of an active lifestyle but still struggled with translating that knowledge into health and happiness as I moved into another chapter of my life. We need to stay determined to leave the habits that are hurting our lives behind us and begin adopting new strategies that will help us fight those Assassins that are attempting to rob us of our happiness.
As Midwesterners we often struggle to stay active in the winter months as our outdoor environment pushes us to stay inside and avoid the often cold and snowy weather. Despite the challenges we face it’s crucial to schedule exercise and healthy activities into our lives to ensure that when the warmer months begin we can simply transition our activities to involve the beauty outdoors. It can truly make a tremendous difference in your results when you start a healthy regimen and continue to incorporate it into your life as our weather changes.
There are also some outdoor options when the weather gives us a glimpse of Spring and creeps into the 30’s during the months of January and February. The river trail in downtown Lansing is consistently cleared for runners and bikers alike, while Hawk Island Park is diligent in making sure that outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy their trails despite the colder temperatures.
Finding your commitment is a goal that can be very challenging during the Holidays and entering the New Year. When we take the steps to communicate and acknowledge our goals early on we can begin a program that becomes consistent and forms patterns that evolve with time. Do what you can to incorporate some time into your schedule for your health and wellness. The time you spend working towards your goals today will become the results your looking for when the thermometer starts to climb!