#FitnessFriday: New Year’s Resolutions, Dreams Turning into Realities

By Vanessa Herrera

It’s that time of the year again: We find ourselves making numerous New Year’s resolutions that we hope to uphold throughout the year. But of all the promises made, how many do we actually carry all the way through? The harsh reality is that almost everyone fails to keep up with their New Year’s resolutions and this has lead the mere concept to be taken as a joke.


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One popular New Year’s resolution is actually getting up and exercising the body that has been dwindling away for years. People are suddenly excited, ready to hit the gym or jog a mile around the neighborhood wearing their, new and pricey, gym clothes. The excitement doesn’t stop there: images of your potential beach body are constantly crossing your mind. Those unworn jeans that have been sitting in the back of your closet, you know exactly which ones, now have hope of returning back to the light. You’re so pumped up, ready to take on the world and work those glutes.


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Tragically, the spell ends when you realize that working out actually takes hard work and commitment. Your whole body hurts everywhere, places you never thought it would hurt. Not only that, but you have to make time by giving up activities such as valuable time on Netflix. By the end of the first week, you feel ready to throw in the towel.


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Well let me tell you something, YOU CAN’T GIVE UP! I know it’s difficult to keep up with a New Year’s fitness resolution, especially when you’re very busy. Different obstacles will present themselves throughout the year and will try to stop you from continuing. Sometimes we’re just lazy and unmotivated. Honestly, what sounds better: being on Netflix while eating ice cream or running on an endless cycle? Remember that these are just temptations and you must stay on track and keep your eyes set on your goal. It is definitely easier said than done. For that reason, I continue pushing strong in my New Year’s resolution because yes, if you haven’t guessed it, I too have made a New Year’s fitness resolution.

So don’t give up, don’t back down. Just when you feel like you’re going to give up, stop for a moment and think. Yes, maybe that beach body sounds great but that bowl of pasta sounds better. Or watching one more episode of Scandal seems more inviting than the weight room. However, this is more than just toning your body, it’s about maintaining your heart and body healthy as well as decreasing health risks. Keep in mind that overall, nothing compares to that amazing feeling of accomplishment. So get up, get out, and run the mile of towards your dream turning into a reality.


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