Think it's a little far-fetched to include career under the umbrella of health? People who consider themselves successful tend to sleep better and are less likely to suffer from stress-related disorders. Since stress management is an integral part of living life energetically, it should be a priority for all.
Don't forget to stretch
Do you challenge your mind, body and spirit? I believe in the saying "If you always do what you've done, you'll always get what you got." In order to make a change for the better, in terms of health and wellness, you have to decide to change the way you go through life. Ignoring personal needs and failing to be proactive about diet and exercise will cause you to age faster and be more vulnerable to disease. So stretch yourself -- figure out what you are passionate about -- the environment, civic duty, helping others, policy change, animal rights, discrimination. How can you be part of the greater good?
Do the math
Did you know you are the sum of the five people with whom you spend the most time? If you are consistently around others who don't pursue health, chances are you won't either. Surrounding yourself with like-minded people that support your desire to be healthy is a huge step in the right direction.
Here's hoping these questions will supply you with the answers you need to choose your new year's resolutions wisely.
Cindy Boggs, fitness presenter, author and Activate America director, has been an ACE-certified coordinator/instructor since 1989. Send your questions about fitness, training or health to YMCA of Kanawha Valley, 100 YMCA Drive, Charleston, WV 25311, or e-mail cindys...@aol.com. Look for Cindy's award-winning fitness advice book, "CindySays ... You Can Find Health in Your Hectic World," on her website, www.cindysays.com, or contact the YMCA at 304-340-3527.