Happy New Year, everyone! 2019 is upon us. I don’t know about you, but I felt that 2018 went by pretty quickly, and I have to say, I’m glad to see it go. It was a rough year for my family. I am looking forward to 2019. I’ve got plans for this year, and I’m working to make them a reality.
So what about you? Do you make New Year’s resolutions? I used to do that. However, I often forgot to write them down and then forgot what they were by the middle of the month.
Now, as I said, I put a plan into place. I write down a few major things that I want to do by the end of the year. Then I list benchmarks that I want to hit throughout the year. It’s something that I learned to do as a freelance writer. It’s a useful technique. I don’t always make my goals for the year. If I did, I would be No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list by now.
Still, even with the goals that I fail, I usually find that I am closer to reaching them by the end of the year.
If this issue has a theme, it’s health and fitness. We’ve included a lot of stories that will help you get the new year off to a good start. You’ll find stories about exercising, nutrition, fun activities, and healthy ones.
One story that made me nostalgic is the one about our local ski resorts by Sylvia Blair. It took me a long time to learn to ski. I had to learn not to be afraid to fall. Once I stopped worrying about that and just went with the flow, I stayed on my feet a lot longer.
I only got to enjoy skiing for a few years before an accident ended my fun. Believe it or not, I was injured boxing on a trampoline. I knocked my opponent down during a match. When I landed on the trampoline, it caused him to roll into my leg from the side, which wound up tearing the cartilage around my knee. My knee has never been the same since, and it can’t handle a lot of lateral stress. So I had to give up skiing.
That still leaves lots of other exercises that I can do. I love spin classes in the winter. It works me hard and keeps me in shape until I get back on the roads in the spring.
Hopefully, you have your own favorite winter exercise plan. If you don’t, you might find yourself gaining weight these first months of 2019. I know, it’s hard not to. The days are cold and short. It’s easier to sit around and snack on cookies.
You’ll regret it in April, though.
So let Southern Pa. Magazine and its talented writers help you get through this winter and reach spring feeling healthy and happy.
James Rada, Jr.