- Goodwill Stores – 10% discount on Tuesdays
- Pepperidge Farm Thrift Stores – 10% discount on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
- Half Price Books – 10% discount for seniors
- Hallmark Card Stores – 10% discount for 55+ and older
- CVS – 10% off CVS brand items on Wednesdays
New Year’s resolutions are like prom dates. You get all excited at the anticipation of the best night of your life with someone special, but the moment the school bell rings on Monday, they’re old news.
The 3 top resolutions are: 1) lose weight, 2) quit smoking, and 3) get more exercise. But what about “quit making excuses”?
Humans are expert excuse makers. For example, we all know that staying physically active is the best way to maintain a healthy body and mind, yet we have lists of “reasons” for being inactive. Here are some of the most common excuses and how to overcome them:
No time. Schedule an appointment with yourself to exercise for at least 20 minutes of physical activity a day, and don’t break it. Post the appointment time where you can see it (desk, fridge, computer calendar). Describe the exercise you will do (walk, Wii, weights, dance) and do it at home so you don’t have the excuse of having no time to go to the gym or fitness center.
Too tired. You’ve got to be kidding, right? Regular exercise increases energy levels. Improved blood circulation brings vital oxygen more efficiently to muscles and the brain. Activity makes us think more clearly, be more productive, and have better control over stress.
Too busy. Let’s think about this…you’re too busy to be healthy? What good is busyness if you end up in poor health – at home or at work? Good health is more important than anything else in your life.
Fear of injury. If you are otherwise in good health, choose an activity with a low injury risk. Learn proper technique from a personal trainer, or simply by reading articles about the subject in magazines, books or on the Internet. If you have a health impairment that you believe prevents you from exercise, talk to your doctor who can refer you to a fitness professional or physical therapist. Gentle exercise is healing for both mind and body!
So quit the excuse making and get moving. Become aware of the cues that trigger old habits of excuse making, and make the positive choice to overcome them.