Resolution: Get Healthy
Like I wrote last week, I’ll be documenting how I’m applying five resolutions to end sexism and eradicate gender stereotypes, as set out by MissRepresentation.org. The first resolution for 2012 is this:
Get healthy – It is not about dieting, it is about a lifestyle shift. We are taking a 360-degree view of all that we consume in 2012. Watching less reality TV and educating ourselves instead through documentaries and books will make us – and those around us – smarter and healthier. This year we are celebrating alternatives to tabloid media, expanding our educational efforts and giving our supporters new and exciting ways of staying involved.
I don’t watch much reality television to begin with, unless you count Storage Wars. Instead, as inspired by Alex, I’m getting healthy by becoming more active. Strong is the new skinny.
I’ve never been the type to work out or go running or play on a league team of some sort, but I’ve noticed the countless hours I spend studying, reading, and writing has taken on my body. My joints ache, my muscles get sore, and I run out of breath climbing the stairs to my classes. So instead of getting my hair done, I decided to put $60 towards a fitness pass at school. This means I get to take unlimited fitness classes at my university’s rec center this semester. I’ve been attending a class called Sculpt & Stretch, in which the super adorable instructor tells us things like, “You’re strong!” and “You’re doing great!” On top of that, I’ve been making an effort to drink lots of water, keep up with my vitamins, and eat fresh foods.
It’s exactly what I need this semester.
How are you getting healthy in the new year? How do you define healthy?