In a few days, we will be into January, named after the Roman god Janus, the god of beginnings and endings. Janus had a unique profile of two faces: One on the back of the head to survey pasts and on the front looking to futures. Learn from your past to shape your future and thrive.
So as the phrase “New Year’s Resolution” suggests, January is an excellent opportunity to better our lives utilizing thoughtful examination of our lifestyle practices and how they can be enriched. First, it is essential to consider what is most important in your life. What will give you the most long-term lifespan satisfaction? Consider that question sincerely which I do each time I log in another almost 93 million mile trip around the sun.
My answer is a resolute retain GOOD HEALTH and perhaps even improve it. The word “health” derives from Old English roots meaning wholeness or, in olden times, the state of being uninjured. Initially, the word meant “being fit” for life— having health was a good omen for all of one’s activities. Well-being is a near-synonym. However, health’s meaning has been abridged to mean freedom from physical maladies.
The World Health Organization defines health as: “A state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” AMEN!
Ask what small but meaningful improvements can I make to my lifestyle, nothing major, because going overboard with resolutions is a foremost reason for failure within the first month. First, realize that gaining a healthier lifestyle will have many benefits for you, your loved ones, and your friends. You will function better with value-added physical, mental, emotional, or social living, especially if you are older. You don’t just have to let your abilities sag in some aspect of your functioning. GET GOING.
Carefully plan the details of how you will accomplish reaching the goals you desire and the satisfactions you will enjoy as you do so. If you are increasing your exercise routine, outline where you will go, and the times you will be there. To eat healthier diets, plan for a more nutritious diet by serving more fish, vegetables, and fruits. Reduce fatty meats, sugar, and reduce portions. Include incremental improvements over time.
A foremost New Year’s Resolution is to lose weight. The obvious answer is to reduce calorie intake or get your body to burn more calories or both. There are a number of successful plans, and the safest and most reliable is to join a medical weight loss clinic.
You might desire to expand your knowledge base by enrolling in courses online. I will return to a habit of reading at least one nonfiction book a week. I did that for years but got out of the practice. But I will resolve to resume in January.