Sure as pairing Japanese green with Castella sponge cake or ordering my coffee extra hot, I have once more listed “workout more” as one of my new year resolutions.
I am not alone. Fitness and health resolutions are a January fixture — the most common New Year resolutions have to do with improving one’s physical fitness, with “exercise more frequently” and “loose weight” being the most common, according to a Wall Street Journal Online/Harris Interactive online survey of U.S. adults.
While the survey also pointed out most fitness- and health-related resolutions dissipate by mid-year, I have decided to reverse the trend, committing to a sunrise and morning workout on the beach.
Starting the new year with oceanside sunrise! (January 2017/Crystal Cove)
Commitment 3.8/5 stars (A January 2 start date is not as good as January 1, but decent)
Sunrise 3/5 (Rainy and cloudy, but the sky lit up around 8 a.m.)
Duration 4.2/5 (Hiked/Walked for approximately one hour 30 minutes)
Nature is glorious, soothing, frightening, powerful, beautiful and the list of adjectives continues. Take the Roman god of agriculture and wine Bacchus for example, Nature is associated with freedom, abandonment and pure joy unrestrained by society. Nature, or “the Magic” as in Frances Hodgson Burnett’s novel The Secret Garden, has the power to heal and restore strength. Even a vertical city like New York, where every square footage of land boasts a premium price tag, Central Park and its 778 acres of prime real estate would never be turned into luxury condos or high-end retails.
I am further convinced of Nature’s beneficial traits after watching a PBS documentary “Nature: Animal Misfits.” The documentary showcases a group of animals that appear ill-equipped for survival, yet these animals somehow managed to be remarkably well-adapted in their chosen way of life. More than misfits, these animals provide great lessons on health (giant panda), love (kakapo), work (sloth) and life (nautilus).
Being different can be awesome sometimes, like the animal misfits. It’s about finding your niche and just go “Whoopee!” (Seoul, Korea/December 2010)
Spice Girls are probably not singing about spices in “Spice Up your Life,” but you can bet that spices — red chili, nutmeg, oregano, thyme, etc., make a big difference in enhancing the flavors of life.
Spices do more than add flavor to foods, they stimulate the senses (smell, taste), serve as aphrodisiacs, and much more. From Psychology Today, spices and their health benefits. (“The Spice of Life.” Psychology Today Nov. 2012: 48-49. Print.)