While I was at the gym this morning, I was struck by the crowd that had seemingly materialized out of nowhere. (Of course, anything more than five people qualifies as a crowd at Snap Fitness.) I also noticed how the fella on the treadmill next to me was joining the gym — in that he was signing paperwork and was wearing his new door pass around his neck.
If I didn’t have a calendar, it would be a real headscratcher. But since I have like 10 of them (and I know it’s Jan. 2), the crowded gym makes sense. People are using the New Year to make a new start with their lives — good for them. I hope they can keep it up. (This also brings to mind what the fellas at World Gym use to say: the place was always busiest in January and right before spring break.)
This also brings up the topic of New Year’s resolutions. I’ve never been big on them, and historically, they’ve always been more of a joke than anything else in my family. (Dad’s go-to resolution was to not bungee jump and/or skydive in the coming year.) But I understand how they can be motivators for people.
In talking with Stephen yesterday during an 8-mile training run*, we pretty much agreed that if you’re going to make a resolution, set one that’s doable. Don’t tell yourself that you’re going to lose a ridiculous amount of weight because if you lose less than that, you’re only going to be depressed and/or give up. To put it a shorter and less specific way, don’t set yourself up to fail.
My resolution is a simple one. I want to talk on the phone less in 2012. It’s not like I have a problem talking on the phone or I do it too much — rather I want to pretty much stop doing it entirely. I don’t like it. Seriously. I think it’s my aversion to verbal communication in general, but I just don’t see a need for it in the age of text messaging and emails. So if you want to get in touch with me in 2012, I’d much rather you text and/or email.
See, that ain’t a hard New Year’s resolution. If you’re looking for one in the health/fitness department, think about going to the gym a little more or eating a little better. (I’d probably avoid the “losing-x-number-of-pounds” resolutions because there are just so many variables that go into weight loss.)
Any of the Constant Readers out there got resolutions they want to share?
*(Fun story. New Year’s Day started for me at a nightclub, continued on to a strip club and paused for a few hours of sleep before running eight miles. After that, it was ten hours of sleeping on the couch. Good times.)