In 5 New Year’s Resolutions You Can Make For Your Food and 5 More New Year’s Resolutions You Can Make For Your Food I outlined some resolutions you could make (or goals you could set) to usher in 2012. In 5 New Year’s Resolutions You Can Make To Change Your Life I wrote about resolutions to help you change your life…and maybe the world. Now, here’s 5 more. No more help from Family Guy though, cause let’s face it- how much longer does that show have to live? We’ll go back to the Simpsons, a show that has already kind of lived forever.
Get Some Exercise
It doesn’t matter what you want to do but exercise is beneficial to the human body for far more than weight loss. In fact it might do you some good to focus on exercise for all the other benefits besides weight loss. I’ll let fitness guru Jack LaLanne tell it: “Do you think that man could ever make a machine that the only way you could hurt it is don’t use it? Could man make a machine that in every 90 days practically every cell changes? Think about this.”
Walking an easy way to get more exercise in your day and often opportunities to do it are staring us in the face all the time and we don’t see them because we can send an email, drive or take an elevator instead. Consider this: At one time, humans walked from one continent to another and populated the world. We’re built for this and yet in our modern day society it’s all but removed. It’s also a great way to clear your head, allow new ideas to be formulated, and reset yourself during the day.
Not to be confused with getting some exercise, get active means join an organization that’s working on something you believe in, go to a protest and make you voice heard, draft a petition for a good cause and get others to sign it, volunteer at a food pantry or gather members at your house of worship and set up a free store. Not only does this move you from being a sayer to a doer, you get to make some change in this world, and experience the joy of having your thoughts, beliefs and actions in line. You can’t put a price on that and the times are calling for more involvement from people who care enough to want to change things for the better.
Stop Buying So Much Shit
There’s no nice way to say this and from an environmental standpoint the consumerist and materialistic values in our society are killing the planet. All that *stuff* comes from somewhere as we learned watching Story Of Stuff. Resources are used to make the goods we like to buy and people make these goods, sometimes under horrific conditions. And when we’re done with our stuff it has to go somewhere, whether it’s a landfill in the U.S. that pollutes our groundwater or a landfill in Kenya that children without protective garments pick through to reclaim parts of and sell back to corporations. All of that needs to be our concern as consumers too. You always have the option to carefully consider your purchases and their impact on the environment, make things instead, dispose of what we buy correctly, or not buy anything at all…which leads us to the next resolution.
Respect Your Electronics
I met a guy who told me he broke or lost his phone at least twice a year. Before the one I have now I had the same phone for well over 5 years and it was still in good shape even though the technological advances made it seem beyond outdated. I didn’t keep it because I thought that would be a great story to tell here about how much I care about the environment. I kept it cause it worked and cause I’m cheap!
I took care of it though and didn’t lose it so I had the option of not buying a new one every year. That’s what I want people to consider. Our electronic waste is a serious issue. Our electronics are full of chemicals, materials that are mined in ways that rip the Earth apart in poorer countries while exploiting local people the process. Consider your purchases, find out the eco-rating of electronics from organizations like Greenpeace, keep your equipment in good condition, donate it when you’re done with it or dispose of it in an eco-conscious way.
BONUS: Know What’s On Your Body
In 5 New Year’s Resolutions You Can Make For Your Food part 1 and Part 2 I wrote about healthy changes you can make for your body and your life regarding food. There’s increasing interest in organic and healthy foods and that’s great but there’s so much more to living healthy. Read VIDEO : The Story of Cosmetics and 5 Things You Need To Know About The Cancer Causing Chemicals In Everyday Life to learn more about why it’s not just important that we know what we put in our bodies but also what we put on our bodies.