I am not one to make New Year’s resolutions. I don’t see the logic in waiting to some artificial date to take important actions that should be implemented now. However, the beginning of a new year is as good a time as any to assess progress toward existing goals and to confirm a need for any future goals. So where am I with these goals?
I have other tangible goals for 2014.
First, I want to continue to eat healthy (Paleo, to be specific) and to maintain my current weight. Health maintenance is a critical component of a retirement plan because of the financial and lifestyle risks presented by future health problems.
Second, I want to continue to exercise regularly, including walking (5-6 days/week) and yoga (6-7 days/week.) Actually, I want to increase the amount of yoga I do each week. Right now, I am averaging only 20-30 minutes of yoga each day. I would like to get into the 30-40 minutes daily range. I also need to increase my strength training. I get some of that from yoga but my son (a fitness coach) has given me other workouts to do. I just need to make time for them.
Have you tried yoga? If not, I highly recommend it. Even older, inflexible people like me can benefit – in mind and body. Take a few basic classes then you can do it at home using a yoga app and/or YouTube videos – free!
Did I say that health maintenance is an extremely important component of a retirement plan?
Third, I want to continue to meditate daily and actually increase the duration of meditation. Presently, I average 10-20 minutes each day. I meditate to calm and focus my mind and it definitely is helping me. Have you ever meditated? You can take some meditation classes or just start with some guided meditations. Tara Brach’s site has lots of them. Make the time and take the time to train your brain for the rest of your life. It is also easy and helpful to integrate your yoga and meditation practices.
Finally, I want to continue to downsize and simplify my life. I take stuff weekly to Goodwill and/or the dump. I also sell stuff to the used bookstore and on Craigslist. I think I can really empty my house and life of the unimportant stuff within the next year. This will prepare me for eventually putting this oversized house on the market. Getting random, useless stuff out of your house and out of your life is extremely liberating. Trust me on this!
Do you have new or continued goals for 2014?