Raising the bar certainly sounds like a nebulous resolution. So nondescript, who can tell if you even tried? There is no specific, definable goal or time frame to the resolution but never the less this is mine for 2012.
We often get tied up in the mechanics of fitness but miss the essence of it. Losing fat, building muscle are all quantifiable results but fitness offers us more, more life, more in tune with our bodies. Our bodies are the vehicles that allow us interaction with the world. Our friends, family, employers and acquaintances see, hear and relate to our physical presence. This is the only reason fitness makes sense as a lofty ,even noble pursuit. Are you content to shuffle through life with a less than optimum body? Do you see your workout as indispensable as air, or as optional like your second morning cup of coffee? Raise the bar in your life, with a renewed importance for every aspect of your physical, fitness life.
View your body as a temple, where your soul and spirit reside. Care for it as a good steward would take care of his masters property. Lofty, almost spiritual in nature does this ideal view of our flesh and blood take on. So elevate your life for 2012.
Still not convinced, “just more pie in the sky” you say? Well in more plain talk “a chain is only as strong as it’s weakest link”. Or how about the quote “the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak”. Then there is the one “the road to hell is paved with good intentions”. If you can “take time to smell the roses” you can take time for a vigorous workout. If you believe “life is short” then extend your life with fitness.
Like ammunition to a solder or wind to a sailor so should be our view of our fitness, critical to life. What will 2012 hold for us, we do not know but we know that we will meet each day housed in these bodies of ours, be they fit or not. Would it not make sense to raise our view and value of fitness for the new year. Meeting each challenge with the renewed vigor of a disciplined mind and body?