Everyday Is a Health and Fitness Resolution

Keeping physically fit requires resolve! Nothing is more important than deciding to follow a fitness plan. Around the holidays so many of us make a New Year’s resolution to get fit and healthy, but I’m here to tell you that everyday is the time for a health and fitness resolution! Though we often blame outward circumstances for our poor health (e.g. office treats, fast food, “the holidays,”) in reality, the true barrier to preventing us from reaching our fitness goals is our own procrastination.

How often have we told ourselves, “Someday I’ll fit into that dress,” or “I’ll get back to my college weight eventually”? Time and time again we delay our health a fitness resolutions until a future date. It is time to stop this incessant procrastination because all we end up doing is having a perpetual desire… endless wanting. Make the resolution to turn these dreams into a reality. The time for delay has come to an end. As Shakespeare says, “Defer no time; delays have dangerous ends.”

The secret to living a healthy life is rooted in the realization that tomorrow never comes! Our tomorrow is nothing but the consequences of decisions that we make today. When we think about it, it becomes obvious that today is all that we have. The past no longer exists. The future has yet to come. The present is all that exists! The person you want to be in the future, therefore, will only come into existence when the person that you actually are resolves to do something… NOW. Again, everyday is a health and fitness resolution!

To reach your long-term fitness goals requires a commitment. There are no short cuts! What this will entail is different for each person. The best way to maximize your time and efforts is to work with a personal trainer. He or she will help determine which exercises and diet is best for your physical make up and life situation. It is much easier to reach your fitness goals when you have an everyday plan directing you how to get there.

Despite the numerous gimmicks, fad diets and fancy exercise plans, reaching your optimal health and fitness goals is really quite simple. It requires two ingredients; 1) an exercise plan that fits your body type and goals, 2) your determination and resolution to follow this plan, each and everyday! I’m not saying you have to train every day, it’s the mentality that you want to be on top of. Armed with this two-pronged attack, physical fitness will lose its mysterious and elusive quality. Exercise and diet plans are out there. Finding a program that works for you is very possible. The real question that you must ask yourself is this; “Do I have the resolution and determination to work towards my goals each and every day?” Do I sincerely desire everyday to be a health and fitness resolution?

The great secret to happiness in life is the realization that today is all that we have. The seeds of the future you are present in the little decisions that you make today. Each and everyday is an opportunity and invitation for you to become the new and improved you. You want to be healthier? You want to increase your level of fitness? Then make the resolution today, and everyday, to do what is required! Make everyday a health and fitness resolution.

You can do it! You really can be the person you desire to be. It all depends on how badly you want it. It’s this very desire, no, this resolve, that will transform your fitness goals into reality!

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K. Clifford has worked in the field of finance until 2009 when K left the field to pursue a different route into the world of fitness and business management as a Director at a fitness center in South Carolina. Helping clients reach their goals and managing a great business are the main focuses in K’s life.

Ian Hart is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with 2 kettle bell certificates and a certificate in integrated stretching techniques and is an FMS specialist (among other qualifications). He has also been featured in Men’s Health Magazine, on the Men’s Health website, SELF Magazine, was a featured Health Expert on New York 1 News, was a guest on the Mike and Juliet Morning Show, and is a columnist in fitness magazines and local newspapers. Ian loves training, and helping people reach their fitness goals. Not just physically but also mentally.

Why You Should Use Fun ESL Games in Your Classroom

If you are teaching in a school where some children do not speak English as their first language, you have a lot of challenges ahead. In some schools, ESL students are mainstreamed with the other students, making it difficult for teachers to focus on helping them understand. One of the ways you can make things easier is by using fun ESL games as part of your lesson plans. These games can help you in many ways.

Encourage Participation

Children who are self-conscious about their inability to effectively communicate with their peers may withdraw and avoid participating in class whenever they can get away with it. As a teacher, it is your job to encourage participation among all your students. One of the best ways to get students to participate is by playing fun games with them. If you have ESL students, playing fun games that focus on ESL topics will get everyone involved, particularly the ESL students you need to reach the most.

Make Learning Fun

While many children are eager to learn, if learning is difficult for them due to language barriers, they will begin to dread going to school. However, when you use fun ESL games as part of your lesson plans, you will make learning fun for everyone, especially those who are having trouble understanding due to the language barriers. When you strive to make learning fun for all your students, they will again look forward to coming to school and learning more.

Try Out Concepts

Even if the ESL students have grasped the concepts you are trying to teach, particularly in the subject of language, they may not get a real chance to practice those concepts. This is especially true if their family members don’t speak English at home. ESL games in school will provide them with plenty of opportunities to practice what they have learned in an environment that is fun and stress-free.

Teaching ESL students can be a real challenge, especially if they are integrated into a classroom with students who aren’t ESL. When you incorporate fun ESL games as part of your lesson plan, though, you will be able to create an atmosphere conducive to their learning. These games will encourage their participation, make learning fun for them and allow them the perfect opportunities to try out what they have learned. As they are able to exercise what they are learning, their confidence will grow, along with their command of the English language.

Fun Easter Games

When Easter comes the kids deserve to have some fun. So why not let the kids play a few fun Easter games. This can be an Easter treat that’s actually good for them. Here are a few favorites that I know kids will love.

Who’s the Hopping Bunny?

This is one of the fun Easter games that can be used with a group of children so it is ideal as an Easter classroom game or an Easter party game. The children form themselves into a circle. Choose one child to be the Spotter. The Spotter goes out of the room or turns his back on the others. While the Spotter isn’t looking choose a child from the circle to be the Hopping Bunny.

The Hopping Bunny chooses a movement for everyone to copy. Movements might include hopping movements like jumping on two feet with hands by sides, jumping on two feet with hands held up like paws, hopping on one foot or bouncing the body up and down with feet not leaving the ground.

The Hopping Bunny can be creative with the actions and will need to change movements often. Once everyone is copying the Hopping Bunny’s movements, the Spotter returns and starts observing the group.

The Spotter’s job is to work out who the Hopping Bunny is in three guesses. The Hopping Bunny changes the movements as often as they can without being seen by the Spotter. Everyone follows the Hopping Bunny’s movements. After the Spotter has had three guesses or when the Spotter guesses who the Hopping Bunny is, the game can start over with a new Hopping Bunny and a new Spotter being chosen.

When you play this game, encourage the kids not to look at the Hopping Bunny as this will make it obvious who the Spotter is. Instead suggest that they scan the group and change their movement when they see that others are changing their movements.

Easter Relays

The traditional relay race can be used as a fun Easter game by giving it an Easter twist. Here are a few suggestions. For the Human Egg Roll Relay each person has to lie down and roll to the other end. You will need to make sure there is plenty of space between each team for this relay so that children don’t roll into each other. It is also a good idea to keep the track short so that children don’t have to roll too far.

For the Bunny Hop Relay children hop along the track with feet together and hands held up in front like paws so that they look like a hopping bunny.
You can also try the Egg Roll Relay. For this relay, each team is given an egg that they roll from one end to the other. Each person has to bend down and push the egg gently to make it roll.

The Egg and Spoon Relay is an old favorite that is perfect for Easter. This relay is one of those fun Easter games that is ideal for all ages. Each team is given an egg and each player is given a spoon. The children race from one end to the other holding the egg in the spoon. At the other end they have to carefully pass the egg from their spoon to the next person’s spoon.

There are plenty of fun Easter games that you can use to entertain children at Easter time. These games make a great Easter treat for large or small groups and best of all these are Easter treats that won’t rot their teeth.