New year, better you

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Most of us have heard the phrase, “new year, new you,” but I propose we tweak that a bit. I don’t need a whole new me, I pretty much like me (and I hope all of you like yourselves too!). But I do know that I could stand to improve some things about my life and myself, as I’m sure we all could. So for 2013, I’m going to try to be me, just…better.

 

First up: Shedding those holiday pounds. Thanks to my job at SHAPE magazine, I’m constantly trying out unique workouts, like deep water running and Ballet Beautiful, but even I slacked off during the holidays. It’s hard to fit in a sweat session between holiday parties, shopping, and flights home. Plus my aunt’s Christmas morning strata is pretty irresistible. Trimming and toning shouldn’t be too hard, since I’m in the midst of training for the LA Marathon (more on that in future blog posts), but I’m going to do more than run. My goal is to try some new forms of exercise, like Krav Maga (an Israeli self-defense technique), and do more active adventures, like rock climbing and hiking. Plus, it’s been proven that changing up your workouts doesn’t just keep you from growing bored, but keeps your muscles confused, too—leading to better results.

 

After being out of school for quite some time (ahem, years), my brain could use a workout too. Thankfully, several studies have shown that exercise not only builds strong muscles and boosts your fitness level, but improves your noggin too. More than that, though, I really want to spend 2013 learning new things. My colleague Joanna recently recommended NYC’s National Museum of Mathematics, so I’ve added it to my to-do list. And my new apartment is next door to a pottery shop—a hobby I’ve always wanted to try (thank you, Ghost).  I’m already an avid reader (my book club is currently plowing through Tom Wolfe’s Back to Blood), but for those of you who aren’t, I think that’s an awesome New Year’s resolution. My fellow Lolë woman has tips here.

 

Lastly, I vow to spend more time with my friends and family these next 12 months. I recently went through a painful and protracted break-up and re-learned what wonderful people I have around me—and how important it is to maintain these relationships. It’s easy to get caught up in work or dating or material things, but I’m going to try to do less of that this year, and spend more time thanking those people who have always been there for me. Luckily, all of the things I want to do to improve my body and mind are more fun with a friend.

 

What’s your New Year’s resolution? How are you going to shape up in 2013? Let me know in the comments.

 

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