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What Are You Thinking In The New Year?
by Dr. J Michael Flynn, DC
Editor´s Note from Abbey Denaro: It's time to come up with your New Year's Resolutions! If you want to keep them throughout the year, try writing them down. Dr Flynn gives advice on resolutions for a fit and healthy life.
Are you thinking about setting some goals and reaching them? Are you willing to write them down and review them often? Will you focus on goals that are important to you and what it is you can do better? Any time is a good time to write down goals in your life. Many of us do it at the beginning of each new year. Most people don't write down their goals or care to have any. "Come what may" is, I guess, their thinking. If that is what you are thinking, I would suggest that you think again. Research has proven that those who write down goals with the intent to succeed and the willingness to discipline themselves until they are achieved will more than likely reach them or at least come real close. As you set your goals, be sure to understand that the responsibility to accomplish them is determined by the person you see in the mirror. Allow me to give you some suggestions for goals in a fit life.
I just finished an excellent article by Timothy Church, a professor of preventative medicine at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center at LSU. He talks about the importance of physical activity. Some of his topics were how exercise keeps us young, strengthens bones, prevents diabetes, prevents clogged blood vessels, helps the heart, prevents serious disease and much more. This is what he says about exercise and the brain: "I often say that 90% of the benefits of exercise are above the shoulders.
It's a pretty good treatment for depression, to lower anxiety and stress levels, to feel energized, and to improve your sleep. And a physically active lifestyle may be one of the most important things for preventing dementia and Alzheimer's disease."
Choose to be a lifelong learner. Lifelong learning is the "ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons. Learning can be seen as something that takes place on an ongoing basis from our daily interactions with others to the world around us.
Do not become a “know it all." There is so much we can each learn. Lifelong learning will enhance social inclusion, happiness, active citizenship and personal development.
If you are not content in life, do something about it. Make it a goal to quit complaining and to stop making excuses. Write on your mirror the words "if it is to be, it is up to me." Remember the quote by the late Dr. Leo Buscaglia, who was a professor at USC, "Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around." Never underestimate what you can achieve in your life and the role you can play in inspiring yourself and others to do and be more.
These are goals that can be achieved for a fit life.
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About the Author
Dr. Mike Flynn was born in Davenport Iowa while his father, Jack Flynn was a student at Palmer College of Chiropractic. His mother Pat was fond of reminding him that his first "adjustment" as an infant, was by Dr. B.J. Palmer credited as being the developer of the chiropractic profession that began in 1895. Dr. Mike attended Palmer College and later transferred to Texas Chiropractic College in Houston, Texas where he graduated in 1975. At his graduation he as recognized with the Faculty Award as the outstanding student and Clinical Excellence Award.
He joined his father in practice in June of 1975 and followed his foot-steps as president of the Chiropractic Association of Louisiana in 1985. Dr. Mike was the recipient of the Young Chiropractor of the Year and Chiropractor of the Year by the state association.
Dr. Mike also followed his father as state delegate to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) whose corporate headquarters is in Washington DC. After six years in this position he was elected by 12 southern states as their representative to the ACA Board of Governors. He was later elected and served two years as Chairman of the Board. Dr. Mike is a past recipient of the ACA Chiropractor of the Year. For eight years Dr. Mike served on the Louisiana Board of Chiropractic Examiners appointed by two different Governors. He was elected president of this board twice. In 2001 at a meeting in Paris, France he was appointed as the ACA representative to the World Federation of Chiropractic governing body.
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