- An estimated 66% of North Americans are either overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- About 60% of North Americans drink alcohol, and about a third of drinkers have five or more drinks a day.
- And about a quarter of all North Americans take no leisure-time physical activity.
For all of you North Americans that this applies to...get your head out of your ass and realize that although we drink alcohol similar to the Europeans, there are a large % of us that don't do ANY daily activity.
This is OUT of CONTROL & ridiculous.
We are not doing ourselves any favors by being fat, out of shape, and drinking machines...besides getting our money's worth out of the couches we bought.
Look to change this today or at the very least in 2008. And here is a way to start:
- Start setting realistic health and fitness goals - starting with a long-term goal or destination and working backwards with short term goal to help you stay consistent throughout the year.
- Don't believe the hype - the entire New Years Resolution cry has turned from a well- meaning motivational tactic to an opportunistic marketing campaign. You don’t ‘have to’ rush out and enroll in everything today! This will only lead to overload, short circuit and a defeated outlook. Give yourself some time to recover from the holiday season and then print the roadmap that’s realistic for you.
- Be multi-dimensional. When setting goals, take all of the spheres of life; physical, social, spiritual, emotional & intellectual into account and make sure to address each one. Often, we focus on one sphere and quickly realize we have lost the balance needed to be happy across the board.
- Set timelines for all of your goals. One of the largest problems with remaining on track is not having specific quantifiable timelines to support the many qualifying goals.
- Include family and friends. Not only for the balance point previously mentioned, but the inclusion of children, spouses and friends in your rebirth will serve to strengthen these relationships while doing something that’s healthy. Win / Win.
Taking the time to think about effective strategies for accomplishing your goals in 2008 will increase the likelihood of crossing your personal finish line safely and in the time you desire. On the way, you will have experienced many small personal victories and have steered away from the all or nothing phenomenon that traditionally accompanies well-intentioned resolutions.
Start the new year with the motivation to do more - and this isn't the motivation to get off the couch and get another bag of chips!