It’s a new year. You’re on a mission. You’re focused and ready to do what must be done.
When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, it’s relatively easy to anticipate what the top ones will be - pledging to lose weight, improve fitness, get healthy, save more, spend less and generally be more organized are typical year after year. Perhaps that’s why almost 30 percent of people making resolutions say they can’t keep theirs through January, while just one in five or 20 percent actually stay on track for six months or more, according to a recent CNN Health Report.
Obviously, making resolutions is the easy part . . . or is it?
While there’s no doubt that sticking to a list of resolutions takes hard work and dedication, many people tend to be overly ambitious, falling short and abandoning their goals soon after the New Year begins.
For those genuinely resolved to making a difference in 2013, consider revisiting your resolutions – both personal and professional. Start off by looking at how a few simple adjustments in your habits and attitudes can lead to even greater success. While New Year's resolutions related to the workplace may not be at the top of most lists, it’s certainly easier to become a better employee and/or a better a boss when you are achieving your personal goals.
“People talk to me a lot about resolutions, but I don’t believe in them,” Marci Crozier, regional director of marketing and sales for Franciscan Omni Health & Fitness, said. “A resolution is usually short-lived. I prefer to take that word, drop the r-e and turn it into solution. Everybody has to set goals to reach their solution.”
After chronicling her nearly 80-pound weight loss on the popular NBC television show, The Biggest Loser, Crozier began empowering others with the story of her path to physical and spiritual health.
“I always wanted to be that mentor to people,” she explained. “But, I was seen as a hypocrite for years - the fat health club manager. Now, I can pay that awesome experience forward – she walks the talk – so to speak.”
Focusing on health and wellness as a way of life, Crozier has seen firsthand what research strongly indicates – moderately fit people are generally happier.
A longtime member of the Wellness Council of Indiana, Crozier also knows fitness is good business. Good health pays in quality of life and in dollars and cents, reducing the use of health benefits, absenteeism, employee turnover, recruitment and training costs, accidents, workers compensation costs, disability claims and health insurance premiums while improving employee relations, employee morale, productivity and employee decision making.
“Exercise is Medicine™ is another program that tries to educate people so they will stick with their regimen,” she added. “It calls on all health care providers to assess and review every patient’s physical activity program at every visit.”
According to the Exercise is Medicine initiative, US Federal Physical Guidelines and many studies show that 150 minutes per week of moderate intensity physical activity is required to achieve health benefits. Physical inactivity is a fast-growing public health problem and contributes to a variety of chronic diseases and health complications, including obesity, heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, cancer, depression and anxiety, arthritis, and osteoporosis. In addition to improving a patient’s overall health, increasing physical activity has proven effective in the treatment and prevention of chronic diseases.
“We are only in control of ourselves,” Crozier said. “That’s why it’s so important to gain control of our well-being. Wellness is not just about fitness. Wellness as a whole combines the mind, body and spirit. Weight-control is so important because it affects our health and attitude. Wellness encourages healthy employees, healthy families and healthy communities.”
Crozier’s dedication to sharing her inspiring wellness journey, along with her work on behalf of the Wellness Council of Indiana, was recently recognized by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.
In presenting the 2012 Volunteer of the Year award, Indiana Chamber President Kevin Brinegar said, “the sky is truly the limit when it comes to making a positive impact on people’s lives. Her dedication to helping others improve their well-being is simply inspiring.”
“It was my privilege to accept this recognition on behalf of the Sisters of Saint Francis, each and every one of them, and our Franciscan Alliance organization,” Crozier said in response. “When you are surrounded by such compassionate people, it just seems natural to want to give back. I am grateful for the opportunities that my position at Franciscan Omni Health & Fitness has given me to encourage and motivate Northwest Indiana and the state of Indiana citizens to want to live a healthier lifestyle.”
So, before you let your resolutions fall by the wayside this year, consider how you can turn them into health and wellness solutions that will make a difference in your life at home and at work.