It’s the time of year for New Years Resolutions. I’m not your typical goal and resolution setter, as evidence by last year’s resolution. But if you are a resolution-setter, I have a question to help guide your healthy New Years Resolutions!
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Healthy New Years Resolutions
I read a really interesting quote Monday that gave me pause, and I think that it is the perfect quote to lead us all into the conclusion of the holiday season and especially into the new year:
How will You Use Your Extra Oxygen?
I saw this quote during the Brick Betty trunk show at Orangetheory Fitness. I’ve heard it before, but for whatever reason, it really struck me. We workout, we eat healthfully, we lead active lifestyles… and all of our hard work creates the capacity for greater oxygen through our cardiovascular fitness and efficiency.
Those minutes, hours, weeks, maybe even years worth of time that we spend working on our bodies, our internal processes in the pursuit… of what? What do we do with this extra capacity, and the extra oxygen that it can carry? Do we just make New Year’s Resolutions with it? Or do we actually put it to use?
What does this extra Oxygen mean for Healthy New Years Resolutions?
My answer, I’m sure you know, is to live beyond expectations. And there are so many ways to do that:
We can live beyond expectation, put our extra oxygen to use, in a physical sense by pushing our bodies to newer and greater heights. Train for a marathon, challenge ourselves to an obstacle course race, reach a new one rep max, or simply fight for the ability to enjoy a walk around the park with our dogs without gasping for breath.
We can live beyond expectation and put that extra oxygen to use by expanding our minds. Through exercise, the ability to take that deep, centering breath that we develop into ujayii pranayama, we encourage a clearer conscious, a more present mind, and the ability to capture a deeper level of understanding. That might sound New Agey, but it is true.
How many times have you heard the phrase “take a deep breath” when you are having a freak out moment? Our bodies crave oxygen—it is the indication of life and one of the first things that, if we lose it, sends our bodies into a tailspin.
Oxygen and emotion are closely linked—for those of us who suffer from anxiety disorders, as the attack sets in, your heart starts to race, your lose your breath, and it feels as if you can’t recapture that breath. How many men have been sent running because they feel suffocated? I say that with a sense of humor, but I know that I personally have felt suffocated, as if I’m breathing stale air, in my life before. Such feelings often result in the need to break free and bust out.
I find that I am at an interesting point of my life. On the one hand, I am so happy to have discovered my love of coaching, to have fabulous new clients (that I can’t wait to tell you about), to be working toward my life goal of having a family, to have incredible friends and an amazing family. But even so, last night I found myself having that moment of needing to catch my breath when I had certain timeline realizations, and suddenly certain future events seemed all to close. To then read that quote made me need to catch my breath all the more. All of the sudden, I wondered…
What AM I doing with my extra oxygen?
Cue a resurgence of all of those feelings that I have previously mentioned of not living up to my potential. I literally closed the book immediately.
But I was also comforted.
Here I was, standing in a new place, putting myself out there in a new way, putting my extra oxygen to use. I may not be where I thought that I would be when I envisioned my future 5 years ago. But I am putting my oxygen to use. I am trying, failing, succeeding, and figuring out what makes me tick. Every day.
My hope for you is not that you will make a New Year’s resolution to lose x number of pounds, or to run x number of miles. My hope for you is that you will make a healthy LIFE resolution for the rest of this year and the new years to come: use your extra oxygen in ways that help you to live a life that makes you pause briefly to catch your breath.
Because that, my friends, means that you are creating more oxygen, discovering something new about yourself, and that you are putting that oxygen to use.How are you using your extra oxygen? #goals #inspiration #dogreatthings Click To Tweet
What is a moment that made you catch your breath this past year?
What is one way you have put your extra oxygen to use in the past week?