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12 Days of Fitness 2015: Day 12 – A New Year’s Challenge

December 20, 2015 2 Comments

(This is Part 12 of a 12 part series to provide you with some helpful blurbs and tips to keep your fitness in focus over the holiday season)

happy_new_year_2_1920To round out my 12 Days of Fitness for 2015, I’ve chosen to share with you a re-post by one of my favorite mentors in the industry, Coach Michael Boyle, originally written by Anthony Donskov, another strength coach in the industry. I think you will enjoy!

We all have a New Year’s Resolution.  A grand idea or lofty goal set to improve our lifestyle, career, relationships and personal life.  It may be to lose weight, train harder, have more balance, embrace relationships, learn something new, and set the gears high to begin an unknown journey.  Truth be told, each and every year when faced with this New Year’s challenge, I’m hard pressed to find one area of focus, one area of improvement, one key area that needs to be highlighted over all the rest!  The older I get, the more I realize how much I have to learn, how important relationships are, how right my parents have always been, that balance is important, that the first step is always the hardest, and showing emotion isn’t weakness, it’s courageous.  When faced with all of these important life goals, I have chosen to “hack” my New Year’s Resolution, to break it into tiny pieces and attempt to live it each day.  My objective: become 365 days better…”one day” at a time.

I’m not a motivational speaker, pom-pom waving cheerleader or talk show host, but I do know that small attainable goals can be acted on immediately, are rewarding, and provide a sense of accomplishment, a sense of purpose, a sense of pride.  In the next 365 days, every day matters, every moment counts, every second is a blessing.

Don’t pass up the chance to tell someone that you love them.  Life is short; let them know how much you care!  Hug your parents; thank them for all they have done, their love, support and unwavering commitment.  Most of the time, they were right all along!  Provide “balance”, from work, relationships, and for personal time.  Spend more time playing the guitar, writing poetry, music and your thoughts on paper.  Perform at open mic night!  Write a love letter.  Learn something new every day, more education, less social media, TV, and negativity!  Laugh, cry, smile, congratulate, stand proud, believe in yourself, be confident, determined, dedicated, and stay hungry, scared, simple, and foolish.  Life starts at the end of your comfort zone.  Take a deep breath, and take the first step.  Be transformational, challenging, caring, firm, disciplined, organized, thoughtful, respectful and fair.  Breathe and never take life for granted.  Remember those who have helped shape your path.  Thank them for this!  You are not where you are today without the help of a parent, role model, coach, teacher or friend!  Remember those that are no longer here, cherishing memories, pictures and thoughts.  As Gandhi once said: “Live as if you were to die tomorrow, learn as if you were to live forever.”

There are no guarantees in 2016!  My New Year’s Resolution is to choose at least one thing from my New Year’s “Hack List” and act on it each day.  365 Days better, one day at a time…one day better!

Make 2016 your year!

Happy Holidays and a Healthy Happy New Year to you and your families!


Til next time, train smart, eat well, and be better.

Day 1 – Chew Your Food
Day 2 – Fitness for the Road
Day 3 – The Many Names of Sugar
Day 4 – Side Stitches: Causes and Treatments
Day 5 – The 5 Reasons Why You Should Never Feel Hungry When Trying to Lose Weight
Day 6 – 10 Rules of Fitness
Day 7 – Which Are You – A Chronic Dieter or A Healthy Eater?
Day 8 – What Happens When You Skip Your Workout
Day 9 – The Truth About Lactic Acid
Day 10 – Better Nutrition Starts With a Better Plan
Day 11 – Foam Rolling 101

About the Author:

Jeff Harrison is a fitness coach based in Pottstown, PA. He received a BS in Exercise and Sport Science from Penn State University and is an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), NSCA Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT) and ACE Advanced Health and Fitness Specialist (ACE-AHFS). Jeff's articles have been published in peer-reviewed journals as well as consumer oriented websites and magazines.

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  1. Karen S. says:

    THANK you for your Twelve days of Fitness, helpful hints and words of wisdom!!

  2. Elaine M. says:

    Loved all of your 12 days of fitness but this one was the best! LOL I’m actually teary-eyed! LOL Thanks so much for sharing and for being you!

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