Why can't we get healthier and feel better with each passing year? Who says aging has to be a slow depressing process where we accumulate limiting health problems and watch collagen lose its hold? For some time now I've been after health like a dog with a bone. I have been
practicing sustained lifestyle habits and my
resolve. Resolve is like a religious act, come to find, and self-care is like a religion. It takes continual practice, dedication, and acceptance of oneself. I use failure as my best teacher and I keep on trudging on. I figure, I have the rest of my life to evolve my healthful self-care practices, so I can take it in stride. Each year I try a "small" tweak to my resolve and see how it lands in real time.
In 2015, I decided to tackle the elusive
"regular exercise" dynamic.
The me I always knew wasn't an "exerciser." I was the type who would start T-25 or the-like and hit it hard for 38 days and then stop for a year or so. Then something truly magical happened. A Bikram studio opened up in my town that was minutes from my house. My intention was to go and keep going even if that meant taking a week or a month off, but to keep going back after a pause.
It worked. I went. I kept going back. I averaged 2.2 classes per week give or take a month off (August!). I watched my body and soul change as if I was a passenger observing. I found a home for sustainable exercise in my life, and exercise will never be homeless around me again.
Find out how Dr. Neale's resolutions panned out and how she is healthier now in age than ever before!