Healthy Habits

Healthy Habits

By Doug Nelson
Community Center Manager

Soooo, how are those New Year’s resolutions going for you so far? Really, you gave up already? If it makes you feel any better, mine are not going so well either! Don’t feel bad. According to Forbes Magazine, less than 25% of people stay committed to their resolutions past 30 days, and less than 10% actually accomplish them.

Here’s the problem, resolutions are doomed to fail. If they weren’t, we wouldn’t keep making them year, after year, after year. You get the picture. “But wait,” you say, “aren’t you the guy that gave us New Year’s Resolution advice last month?” Yup, that’s me. Same guy. Well, you didn’t read the ‘fine’ print like I asked you to.

Lucky for you, and for me, I’m giving out mulligans in 2019. So let’s re-consider our goals, tear up our resolutions, and instead focus on a Healthy Habit that will not only get us through the year, but also be something we can live with for the rest of our life. It’s easy to pick from a long list of popular choices; quit smoking/chewing, quit drinking, get more sleep, no more red meat…..etc. These are all pretty hard-core, and can be very difficult to accomplish without a great plan, proper resources, and some luck. So, what I’d like you to focus on is the “low hanging fruit.” I hate this expression, but it works. Make sure your new habit is something that will be achievable, something you can reach. Get it? The key here is choosing something that you are currently doing out of habit, but know that you can easily do without. For example, I tend to stay up past 10 pm watching a few of my favorite television programs. This has become a bad habit because I like to wake early in the day; therefore I am not getting my required 8 hours of sleep. Thanks to technology, I can record my favorite programs and watch them anytime I want. I know I need to “hit the sack” by 9 PM if I want a full 8 hours of sleep before waking at 5 AM. Therefore, my new Healthy Habit is: Getting to bed by 9 PM. Period. End of Story. Do not fret the occasional late night out with friends or family on the weekend. You are going to sleep in to get your required eight.

Here’s another accomplishment you could set your sights on for 2019 and beyond: Commit to an annual fundraising event that will help a charity of your choosing, and help keep you moving. The Pacific Northwest region plays host to many charitable events throughout the year, and the number of events seems to grow with every year. Choose a local walk, run, march, or bike ride that pays the proceeds forwards to a charitable organization, and it’s like a WIN WIN every time. There’s a Fun Run right here in Federal Way on the 4th of July that contributes 100% of its proceeds to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, helping the fight against cancer caused by asbestos exposure. You might choose the Women’s Walk in Seattle, the Race for the Cure, or the Courage Classic. There are so many to choose from, but just start with a cause is near and dear to your heart. Take a vow to making this an annual commitment. Recruit friends, family, or co-workers to join in.

A healthy habit that is good for me and helps others: now that’s something I can live with!