New Year Resolutions – Depends on Where You Are

New Year Resolutions – Depends on Where You Are



I just read a blog post about fitness resolutions written by someone who lives in the northern hemisphere. She commented that whoever came up with the idea of making New Year resolutions regarding getting in shape must have come from warmer climes than she currently resides in.

As I write this the outside temperature is hovering around 42°C (108°F) so I feel qualified to give my opinion.

The point she was making is that it’s hard to get outside and exercise when the weather is cold, snowy and potentially life-threatening. So someone from the southern hemisphere, where it’s summer in January, must have started the New Year fitness tradition.

The point I’d like to make is that it’s hard to get outside and exercise when the weather is hot, sunny and potentially life-threatening so I don’t think so.

Not to be too pedantic but the New Year resolution initiative started with the Romans who, I believe, had their winters in January.

My main point is it’s not easier to get outside in the heat and exercise. I have to take my dog out walking at 5.30am. It’s the coolest time of the day and if you drove around town you’d see many folks out getting their exercise before the heat sends everyone scuttling indoors to hang out with the air conditioner.

Day after day of relentless heat can try the most patient person and the lack of sleep makes everyone tired and irritable. The sense of humour wears a little thin and productivity is not as high as you’d want it to be coming out of the starting gate of a new year.

I can only imagine a cold, snowy winter – although at the moment it sounds wonderful, for maybe an hour or so – but I have to think it must be easier to get moving in extreme cold than in extreme heat. After all, wouldn’t you want to get moving just to keep warm?

If I cast my mind back to last winter I do recall that it’s not easy to start but once you do it’s easier to keep going. I work out with weights every second day and this time of year it resembles a bikram yoga class. The one advantage being that you get it done early and get it out of the way.

A possible solution, and a more sustainable one, is to set resolutions at the beginning of every season. That way you can review your progress every three months and adjust what isn’t working, and add to what is. It relieves the pressure of a twelve month plan and breaks your goals down into attainable chunks.

And why do we do all this? Because we strive to be extraordinary, different from the masses and more than mediocre. For me it’s the right way, not necessarily the easy way.


Keep the Faith

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2 Replies to “New Year Resolutions – Depends on Where You Are”

  1. Taran Blatchford says:

    I also must add that your writing is absolutely astonishing and I am amazed at how well written your website is. I look forward to reading more of your blog in the future. 🙂

  2. Taran Blatchford says:

    Once again I could not agree with you more Allyson, as I am also in the southern hemisphere where it is a scorching 45°c. It is a major chore just to get up out of the couch let alone leave the house because outside is not airconditioned (as much as I wish it was) I very quickly become an insensitive bastard (excuse my language) which makes me not want to go out into the community to avoid any confrontations so I to find it very hard to exercise during the summer.

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