For most of us, our new year’s resolutions have become a faded memory by now. I have found lent to be a good time to refocus. The idea of giving up something you like is a challenge in itself. Do you have to go down that route?
What about setting yourself a different type of challenge? What about taking up rather than giving up. What about changing a habit, getting fit and losing a few pounds.
You don’t need to be religious to do lent – all you need is a goal, and a lot of motivation. The seven weeks gives you a beginning and an end. The knowledge that it will be over by Easter can give a person peace of mind. That said, it may become so enjoyable you might keep it up well after Easter is over.
Five years ago, I took up running. In June of that year I ran the Dublin mini-marathon and later a half-marathon. I continue to run three days a week. Two years ago I decided to learn how to swim. I enjoyed it so much that I became a swim teacher and now teach people how to swim.
Go on set yourself a challenge – it might just become a routine you enjoy so much you can’t to live without it.
Veronica Mannion runs EasySlimFitness classes in Westport, Castlebar, Claremorris and Ballina (www.easyslimfitness.com). She can be contacted at 087 2308946 or firstname.lastname@example.org.