2014-01-17 / Spectrum

A 2014 resolution worth keeping

Did you make a New Year’s resolution for 2014?

Sure you did. And, if you’re like most Americans, the overwhelming majority of you resolved to get into better shape in 2014.

In December, Parade magazine reported the top 10 New Year’s resolution, according to a Harris poll. The results were unsurprising, at least to those of us who make the annual internal promise to “finally get fit.”

The number one resolution was losing weight. Resolution number three was exercise. Number five was eating healthier. Number seven? Quit smoking.

Funny thing about resolutions -- if you fail to keep them this year, there’s always next year. But considering that losing weight, exercising, eating better and quitting smoking are near the top of the list of New Year’s resolutions every year, what does that say about how easy they are to keep? Apparently the odds are against us.

This year, the Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation wants to help you beat the odds.

MWR has partnered with Dick’s Sporting Goods to kick off “90 Days to Get Fit,” a program that lets us share our progress with each other and encourage one another to finally fight our way to elusive success. As part of the program, MWR invites you to take part in the program by posting pictures or videos of yourself working out, eating healthy, or sharing personal wellness tips on their social media platforms. Weekly prizes are awarded, and a grand prize awaits the big winner at the end of the program.

Prizes aside, getting fit is its own reward. You’ll look better, feel better, live longer, score higher on that upcoming fitness test…the list goes on and on. But leave it to MWR to help sweeten the pot by rewarding you for doing yourself a favor.

Ironically, you can claim success on another of the top 10 resolutions each year by getting fit. It’s no secret that exercise and wellness help reduce stress in your life. Resolution number six? Manage stress better.

Of course, you’ll need to knock out resolution number nine (stop procrastinating) and resolution number 10 (set aside time for yourself) in order to throw your hat into the fitness ring. But think of it – you can join in on “90 Days to Get Fit” and celebrate keeping seven of the top 10 New Year’s resolutions in one bold stroke.

Naturally, we’re oversimplifying. Committing to a fitness regimen takes discipline and sacrifice; it’s not always easy to get started, and it’s not always easy to keep going. But it must be worth doing, because we resolve to do it each year.

This year, don’t do it alone. Join in on MWR’s “ 90 Days to Get Fit” program.

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