Do people still make New Year Resolutions??
It looks like it at the gym but it seems resolutions are becoming less popular amongst my social circles. The other day my buddy asked a group of public speakers if they made new year resolutions, and just a few of the 26 attendees hands went up.
I know what the others were thinking, why make resolutions when you’re already perfect?
I hardly make new years resolutions but I set goals, and once you set any goal you must make resolutions to get there.
1. a firm decision to do or not to do something.
“she kept her resolution not to see Anne any more”
2. the action of solving a problem, dispute, or contentious matter.
Here is a reason to keep fitness resolutions…
According to my friend, the young professor, his mentor did a study where they had healthy participants put on 10 pounds of flab. Scientists discovered that as their subjects ‘beefed up,’ family members and coworkers also ‘beefed up,’ and so did the people those people interacted with.
That’s quite the chain reaction!!
The moral of the story: your actions indirectly affect everybody around you.
Now the key to this chain reaction is a little something called ‘rapport.’
Rapport is a close and harmonious relationship in which the people or groups concerned understand each other’s feelings or ideas and communicate well.
If you have six pack abs then you know for a fact that everybody watches how you eat. We expect you to eat 2 pieces of lettuce and a cube of chicken breast. If you give into our expectations we can easily disregard your idea of ‘health,’ especially if you start preaching about your healthy ways.
Go ahead and sell me on “Six pack diets” all day. I’ll just tell you the story of my father who is 70 years young and has six pack abs. He also eats EVERYTHING. At dinner he finishes off appetizers, my moms meal, my sisters meal, my nephews sandwich, an apple pie, and a pot of tea. If you have any chocolate laying around he likes chocolate, baked goods, and root beer.
Does he exercise? Yes, a lot, and he enjoys eating as much as he wants, and he has six pack abs. If you don’t like that story I’ll tell you about my friend Kevin. Kevin eats fast food breakfasts with beer, has clear ab lines, and he’s in his 40’s. Everybody just writes Kevin off as having good genes but Kev has something in common with my dad. They both believe it is easy to lose weight, and hard to put it back on again.
Now in the eyes of science, and this is coming from‘ the young professor’ whom is a scientist featured in many scientific journals- researchers have concluded that my fathers behaviour directly affects me, and my behaviour affects you. That might not be cool for some people because I’m saying that you can have your cake, and eat it.
Then go for a walk, join a club, take up square dancing, and soon you’ll forget all about diet.
The ugly truth about resolutions is that you need them if you want to reach any goal.