Exercise is on all of our minds in the month of January. We are all ready to start new, sweat out all that junk we ate over the holidays and get focused.
With SeaVenture being located on the North end of 22 miles of beach that stretches to our South all the way to the Oceano Dunes, there is no better place to get sweaty and sandy and put your muscles to the test. The locals love it, as you can see by the early morning walkers and runners, the fresh air, the amazing crisp and clear weather and the hard packed sand by the water make it the perfect healthy combination.
There are some benefits of beach exercise as well. Did you know that sand requires more effort to walk on than a hard surface? As your foot moves around your muscles and tendons work harder you can burn up to 20-50% more calories than your usual boring sidewalk course. You are also using different muscle that you may not usually use on your gym floor. Barefoot running in the sand has become a new phenomenon. It is thought that running barefoot allows a more normal and natural gait than wearing shoes that determine the way you run.
Along with all the physical benefits, think about all the mental ones too. The changing scenery of the ocean and sky keep your mind engaged, the fresh air is invigorating,and your over all emotional well being is elevated.
So mix it up a bit, get beach buff and take it all in.
Oh, the Resolution. How many of you make them? Well, actually the bigger question—How many of you keep them?
I actually did fairly well this past year. I resolved to read more, which I have succeeded at, maybe not as much as I would like to, but I would say the resolution was achieved. I also resolved to exercise more. I would like to know who didn’t have this resolution? And really, do we need to go into the details of whether I succeeded on this one or not? Well, let’s say it is part of my 2012 resolution plan as well!
Contemplating my choices for this year, I started to wonder how this whole resolution thing came about. My curiosity brought enlightened me with a little bit of a history lesson.
Did you know that the New Year’s Resolution goes all the way back to 153 B.C. when Janus, a mythical king of early Rome was placed at the head of the calendar. With two faces, Janus could look back on past events and forward to the future. He became the ancient symbol for resolutions. Romans started to look for forgiveness from their enemies and exchanged gifts of branches and coins. At midnight on December 31st, the Romans imagined Janus looking back at the old year and forward to the new one.
So, what do you resolve to do? Have you looked backwards, then forwards, reflected and contemplated? Have you made your resolutions? And then back to that bigger question, will you achieve them and keep to them? Do resolutions keep us focused and instill a sense of willpower in us, or are they just a silly tradition?
I resolve to find out.