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What is the deal with resolutions?

Jan 10, 2014

By TRISHA PHELPS

Mt. Pleasant News

It’s just over a week into 2014, and I already have no idea how I am doing with my New Year’s resolution of getting into better shape.

Like a lot of other people during this time of year, I joined a workout class at a local gym in an effort to tone up, and all I can say is that I am sore!

New Years resolutions are kind of fascinating – everyone talks about them during this time of year, but bring up your New Years resolution in July and people will look at you like you have three heads!

Generally resolutions are for positive changes in a person’s life. Common resolutions include weight loss, volunteerism, quitting a bad habit such as smoking, getting a better education, getting a better job, saving money, getting fit, eating healthier foods, managing stress more effectively, getting out of debt, taking a trip, being nicer to people and recycling more. All good things.

So why does it take a change of a calendar to motivate people (or guilt them) into making a positive change in their life?

I will be honest, getting into shape isn’t so much a New Years resolution for me as much as it is a pre-wedding goal. The start of the year just seemed like a good place to begin and there was a class at a local gym that looked fun that started at the beginning of the year. (Side note, the class is not “fun.” It is really hard. Possibly too hard, but I’m too stubborn to quit once I’ve spent my money.)

If other people are like me — and for the sake of this column let’s assume they are — and they start whatever change they decide to make at the beginning of the year simply because it seems just as good of a time as ever to start, then why do they quit?

I’ve never really taken resolutions all that seriously until this year, so I don’t really have much personal experience as to why people give up on them. Although there is also a chance that everyone except me takes their resolutions very seriously, but if that was the case, gyms would be full year round, there would be less people in debt, air pollution could go down (less smoking and more recycling) and people would be nicer.

Maybe people should take resolutions more seriously. If this workout class doesn’t kill me, I will try to keep my resolution all year.

 

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