The Wellness Corner

New Year, New You.

I was recently listening to a podcast by triathlete Rich Roll who was interviewing one of my favorite musicians Travis Barker when Barker said something the resonated with me. Travis said, “Dreams don’t work unless you do”.  It was as straightforward of an answer as you can get on how to be successful.


As we approach the end of the first month of the new year gym’s across the nation are packed full of new year resolutioners determined to shed weight, be healthier and have a more active lifestyle.

The joke always is that by February the packed gym becomes the empty gym and most of those who resolved to live better have in fact regressed to a sedentary life style. How can it be so hard to live better? I always felt that dealing with health and fitness is much easier when you surround yourself with people who encourage you and believe in what you are doing.

I ate a plant-based diet for over a year in an attempt to get healthier. A feat that would have proved impossible in North Dakota had it not been for the support of my friends and family. It takes a lot of courage to join a gym, go for a run or walk or attempt to change nutrition.

It also takes a lot of work; plain and simple. Barker’s words about having to work to achieve dreams is something that young and old should take to heart in moments that require courage.

Starting small, learning to walk before you run, is a good way to stick to the scary journey of “getting in shape.”

Instead of reaching for a soda or energy drink reach for a water. Take money that would be spent on junk food and unhealthy options and instead invest it in a gym membership, running shoes and workout clothes.

Sometimes buying that new set of workout clothing is all it takes to keep up a resolution. Make all the hard stuff simple or in other words make it black and white.

With all the athletes I have ever coached or advised, my main purpose was to get them to love what they were doing, and the best way I can do that is by keeping things simple.

When you slip up on your resolution, move on and start the next day anew. You can never change the past but you can move forward in a positive direction. Mistakes happen but are an essential tool for success. “You fail so you can succeed” was a mantra by another great athlete; Michael Jordan.

Do not give up on your resolution, instead make small improvements every day. Start a foundation on which to build.

You will find that the positive impacts of eating healthy and being active will actually improve your daily life.

Work hard at dieting and exercise and I know, from experience, you will find success. Health and Wellness does not need to be scary or difficult. It just requires work.

Live Well.

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