Yesterday was the first Monday of the year. Yesterday, the treadmills at the gym were in use. All of them.
We pride ourselves in our small branch with its cozy, friendly ambience. Everybody knows everybody. No crowds, no wait for equipment. Then comes January.
My co-workers just smiled. "It'll be like this 'til beginning of February, maybe the middle," one said. "Then they'll drop like flies."
Part of my new job as a wellness coach is to help identify what keeps people motivated. Find something they like, and maybe they'll come in more often. They'll stay healthy. Good deal all around. This time of year, new year's resolutions kick in, and only time will tell which you put a ring on and which just want to be friends.
I made a call to a 79-year-old new member the other day. "I'm in the pool Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays," she said. "Oh, so you like to swim," I offered.
"Not really," she said, "but I know it's good for me."
Sometimes we grudgingly do what's good for us. Sometimes we know what's good for us but don't do it.
My father was a smoker all his life. While he was in the hospital three years ago, a friend brought in some personal belongings; my dad, in the sterile environment, immediately smelled the old cigarette smoke. "I smell like that?" he wondered to himself, and never smoked again.
Now, my dad had always known that smoking was bad for him. He knew it caused lung cancer, and he knew he'd be in the hospital again for his heart if he didn't quit. But it took this trigger to cure him.
Ideally, you find something you enjoy that will put or keep you on the path to wellness. Along these lines, I'm making some resolutions myself. But first, you: what motivates you to pursue health? Or haven't you found the key yet? Do tell.