Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Eve has always been a time in looking back to the past, and more importantly to the coming year. It’s a time to reflect on the changes we want (or need) to make.

Historians track the origin of this custom to the Babylonians, whose New Year’s celebrations included parties and the custom of making resolutions for the upcoming year, attempting a “fresh start.” One common resolution was to return all borrowed farming equipment.

While New Year’s resolutions are all goals that one should strive for — with 88 percent of Americans setting out to accomplish them each year — less than 20 percent are successful in attaining success in even one of their resolutions. Did your New Year’s resolutions make the top 2011 list?

1. Spend more time with family & friends*
2. Stay fit and healthy*
3. Lose weight and tame the bulge*
4. Enjoy life to the fullest
5. Spend less, save more
6. Learn something new (and exciting!)*
7. Quit smoking
8. Get organized
9. Get out of debt (Do NOT use credit cards!)
10. Help others reach their dreams

* This year can be different! It is possible to successfully follow through on 4 of the resolutions from the top 10 list with one action – join a St. John’s fitness class. Regular exercise has been associated with more health benefits than anything else known for men and women. (See sidebar above.) Join your friends and work together learning something new that will create a positive lifestyle change. All are invited to Room 209 (from novice to experienced exercisers) to join in St. John’s fellowship and fitness program.

Monday, 6:30 pm: Walking Together
Tuesday, 6:30 pm: Stay Strong Stay Young
Thursday, 6:30 pm: Stay Strong Stay Young