New Year’s Resolutions: Eat well, exercise, stay healthy and active!

Grant Cooper Health Guide
  • I should start with a disclaimer -- At first blush, I am not a big fan of New Year's Resolutions. I prefer for all of us to examine our core values and consider how we want to live our lives every day of our lives. With that said, there are certain milestones in life, graduating college, graduate school, getting married, having children, that provide excellent opportunities to pause and take stock; to re-examine our life and our priorities. Similarly, there are certain times of the year that offer the same opportunity, and the start of a new year is one such excellent opportunity.

    As a side note, to help you stay connected to your core values, it is helpful to find certain times of the day to take a pause and re-connect, re-evaluate. Some times during the day may be before getting up in the morning, at a certain point in the day that is pre-designated, before coming home, and before going to sleep. The point is to have moments of quiet reflection -- moments for yourself where it is just you, yourself, and your values. Re-examine, reconnect. Are your actions and daily choices consistent with your core values; with your deepest held beliefs? If not, why not? If so, keep up the good work!

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    So, back to the New Year. What are our most deeply held beliefs? I hope that staying healthy is a core value for all of us. It is certainly one of mine. Are our daily choices consistent with our core value of staying healthy? On a personal note, my wife and I are going through some life changes. We just had a daughter. We also just started a new medical practice in Princeton, NJ. There are a lot of demands on both of our time. During the holiday season, a lot of people bring by sweets for us to munch on. When the day is drawing to a close and I had only a small lunch and I'm tired and I see a box of chocolates on the counter, do I reach for them? That is the moment that I choose to re-connect to my core values. That is the moment that I choose to think of my daughter, Mila, and my wife, and the way I want to live my life. That is the moment that I decide to act consistent with my core values of staying healthy. That is the moment I pass the chocolate by and take a drink of water.


    Do I always pass the chocolate? No, I must admit that I do not. Sometimes I indulge. But, as my father says, "everything in moderation and you'll be alright." More times than not I stay true to my core value of staying healthy. From time to time I allow an indulgence. But then I don't let small indulgences snowball into more and more, I get back on the horse and keep on keeping on.

    As the New Year comes and goes, find what works for you. Re-connect on a daily basis to your most central values. It will serve you well in every aspect of your life. I wish you the very best of health and happiness, because with good health all things are possible.



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Published On: December 31, 2008