Are you making New Years resolutions this tear? Weightloss? Healthier lifestyle? Plant-based diet? If so, be wise about the changes you're planning to make. Be kind to yourself. If you're going to begin exercising, start gently. Don't go in to a crossfit gym if you haven't worked out in a while. Make realistic goals for yourself. My ultimate goal is pretty far in the future but in that long-term goal, I have set numerous short-term goals that are easier to reach and therefore makes my long-term goal easier to reach.
If you only go for the big one, it's easy to get discouraged working so hard and not getting there fast enough. So, the smaller goals gives you the quicker satisfaction of attaining a goal and encourages your adhesion to the program.
So, if your long-term goal is a 100# weightloss, you would make maybe 10-10# short-term goals. Or, maybe, 5-20# goals. This way you achieve success quicker and often and feel good about reaching each goal on the way to the ultimate goal.
If you want to start exercising, start by walking everyday or taking 1-2 classes/week at a gym or studio or working with a Personal Trainer 1-3 x's/week. If you go in full boar, you could end up so sore afterwards you can't or don't want to continue. Or worse yet, you could hurt yourself. Not the goal, right? Pace yourself. Be realistic about your fitness level and where you should start. Don't be afraid to tell your trainer or instructor any "issues" you may have such as high blood pressure, afib, joint replacement, sprain, etc. They may not always remember what your issue is but they should be able to give modifications and, for heavens sake, use them!
I can't tell you how many times I've given someone a modification and they just continue to follow the full movement and then complain because they hurt the whatever again. Take some responsibility for yourself. Listen don't just hear, LISTEN! Yeeeeeeesh! You know your body better than anyone else does, so pay attention to it.
I'm looking forward to the new year with travel plans, dance classes and everything else the year has in store for me. Fun, fun, fun.
You can't take care of others if you don't care for yourself. Keep the flu at bay by washing your hands often and stay healthy. If you're ill, stay home. Don't infect others.