The New Year is Upon Us

I’m sorry it’s been so long since I have written. The holiday season is a busy one for all of us. Happily for me I was still able to fit in my training time and to avoid (some of) the many temptations that the holiday kitchen offers.

It is hard for me to imagine that it was only at the end of October that I really began pursuing better physical health in earnest. In that time I’ve gone from just squeezing in 30-45 minutes of cardio at the gym without any real plan or goal to cycling 37 miles and running almost 4 last Saturday. Last week was my first week exceeding 100 training miles. Some might call that a bit extreme but my goals for 2014 are also a bit extreme. I receive a lot of comments and concerns about over-training and my response is always the same, one of the most important things for me when I exercise is being able to exercise tomorrow. You can only do that if you don’t push too hard or hurt yourself today.

It does feel good to get a jump start on those New Years’ Resolutions though. I’m looking forward to a stronger, faster, leaner 2014. I’ve got some fun events on my calendar to keep me motivated and keep me going but the real reason to get out there is much more basic. According to the National Stroke Association, 80% of strokes can be prevented by focusing on and reducing those personal risk factors. Obesity and high blood pressure go hand in hand and they both dramatically increase your risk. So get up and go do something. Any activity is a great start!

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