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January 1, 2011 / ccollinsonjones1

Make just one resolution

Let’s talk about resolutions. Got any? Run more; join a gym; cycle to work? All good ideas. But making a resolution about them may not be the right approach. Turn it in to a chore, something you have to do, and you may just miss the point.

Because, really, the point is this: using your body is an experience, a vital one. Like food, or sex. It should not be a chore.

Don’t run up a hill because you have to. Do it because you can. One day you won’t be able to.

When I’m confined to an armchair, gazing out at the birds, I want to have run up hills and thrown myself in to icy pools and climbed things and have a few aches and pains to serve as a reminder of a life lived in my body.

Don’t do it to get thinner, to live longer, to be healthier. Those are byproducts. Don’t do it for the outcome, do it for the process.

So make just one resolution: enjoy your body.

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  1. Sue / Jan 2 2011 11:44 pm

    maybe you are right – so maybe I shouldn’t look to run a
    little each day, but just stick to my cycling which I love…?? let
    me know when you want to try two wheels!

    • ccollinsonjones1 / Jan 2 2011 11:49 pm

      I reckon you have to learn to love running…it sort of comes with finding your pace, finding somewhere pretty to run etc. My advice is to mix it up a bit and try all sorts. I’m certainly enjoying that.

      I am a cycle commuter but my bike weighs about as much as a car…thinking of getting a new one so I can do some races etc. Any suggestions?

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