Happy Friday, everyone!
I’m especially looking forward to the weekend ahead as my fabulous friend, Ania, is coming to town to celebrate her birthday in New York City! Ania and I have known each other since the first day of first grade, so we’ve been fortunate to celebrate many birthdays and other fun life events together. Of course, we’ve helped each other through the not-so-great times, too, which is what being a friend is all about.
I figured this was the perfect time to write about how your birthday really is the one day on the calendar when you should celebrate you! It’s a time to think of all the things you’ve accomplished, while also setting goals for the year ahead. I can’t think of a better time to really assess your fitness goals and figure out what you want to do to feel better than you do today. Maybe this is the year you’ll take up one of your favorite “childhood” sports, like tennis. Maybe you’ve always wanted to train for a marathon or get a mountain bike for rides on the weekends. Perhaps it’s time to start having a healthier relationship with fruit, veggies and whole grains. Or maybe it’s just time to treat yourself to a good pair of sneakers and cute yoga pants for group exercise classes or walks around the neighborhood.
Of course, your birthday should be filled with more than just “serious” contemplation. It’s the perfect excuse to go out and have some fun! Party plans with Ania include tapas and sangria followed by dancing, which to me is one of the best ways to burn a few calories after some celebratory splurging! (Considering Ania and I have been known to dance nonstop for two or more hours at a time, we’ll be sure to burn off at least one glass of sangria!)
Whether you’re looking ahead to a new year or simply reveling in the celebratory moment, make your birthday your time to take control and decide what you want to do to have fun, feel fit and be fabulous!