“The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.” – Melody Beattie
With a new year comes a fresh start and a renewed hope. It’s a great time to let go of the past and move forward. The popular new year’s resolutions usually involve eating healthier and working out. Most people, however, only last for a week or two until they finally give up and return to their normal ways. The difference between people who are successful in reaching their goals as oppose to those that don’t is persistence. Even when they don’t see any instant changes, they keep going. Persistence mixed with discipline and knowledge is the key to lasting change. This year, instead of a resolutions list, let’s pursue a lifestyle of vitality and reap the benefits of optimal health.
Here’s an excerpt from a documentary called Vitality by Pedram Shojai:
“The body has daily energy needs and it’s our ability to get energy and resources where they need to be which will determine our relative state of health. If we extract adequate energy from our food, get enough oxygen, exercise enough and rest and recover when we need to then we have a functioning system that takes care of itself and helps stave off disease.
So how do we optimize lifestyle?
We look at the spokes on the wheel of vitality and work to optimize each of them. Knowing that they all interact and feed into each other. Once we get the wheels going, our health comes back online and the body systems start working together, the way they were designed to. We are alive and robust and full of life.”
The dictionary defines vitality as “exuberant physical strength or mental vigor.” According to this documentary, the four aspects of vitality are our Mindset, Exercise, Diet and Sleep. A balance of each of these are important to our overall health. Work on one aspect at a time. If sleeping is the issue, start there prior to moving to changing diet or adding a new exercise regime. Every little step makes a big difference in the long run. Don’t give up! Living a life of vitality produces lasting change for it isn’t just another fad diet or exercise gimmick, it’s a lifestyle change.
Knowledge is half the battle. This year, determine to educate yourself so that you can apply what you’ve learned into your life. Take it one day at a time! The next thing you know, another year has passed and you can look back and see all that you’ve accomplished because you’ve decided to make a lifestyle change and not just another resolution list.
Cheers to a new year, a better you and a life full of vitality!
Happy 2015!! : )