Fitness Resolutions? Bah, Humbug. Try These Smaller Steps Instead.
With opening presents and eggnog and family visits and eggnog and Christmas caroling with the neighbors and eggnog, the last thing to worry about today is exercise.
But here's a reason to keep reading: eggnog.
No doubt the effects will linger come the new year, so as a Christmas present I'd like to offer another word, this one about making resolutions: Don't. They are usually so larded with imprecision they don't get out of the starting gate.
Sure, and will we use the Desert Island Starvation Plan, or the No Pasta Except on Columbus Day Method?
Why not? But by how much? And how?
Instead, let's think about immediate steps to help those longer-range aspirations.
For the guys: Heave yourself back from the feasting board, stand up straight and touch your toes. Now sit in a chair and try to twist your torso 90 degrees to the left (using a wall as a reference point). Now twist to the other side.
If you are like a lot of us, the hands came up somewhere short of the shoes, and the shoulders stopped shy of 45 degrees.