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  • Writer's pictureEdie Montreux

A Habit for the New Year

I don't do New Year's Resolutions any more. If I want to change something, I don't want to waste a single minute when I could be improving.

That being said, some changes are hard. So hard. I'm trying to find my way to writing at least 500 words a day, and I couldn't be arsed to start a day before January 1st, even though I was on vacation the last two weeks of December.

There is one habit I will continue into the New Year, though: Exercising. I know, I know:

Bear with me for a moment. I do not like working out, per se. Weights are my worst nightmare. I never learned how to breathe when I run. I run too fast for too long, until my side is splitting, my shins are on fire, and I want to die. Then, I don't run again until all the aches and pains are gone (you know, years later).

I can do one thing consistently, though. I can walk 10,000 steps each day. Depending on how I do it (treadmill or around the house, one long workout or spaced throughout the day), I may not burn many calories and I may not burn much fat, but I enjoy it. I especially love reading while I walk, as long as there aren't too many sex scenes (super awkward on the treadmill, when I'm already hot and sweaty).

Now that I'm using an actual fitness tracker (not the Chinese knockoff), I'm getting a more accurate read on how I'm doing and where I can improve.

What habit do you want to continue in 2021?

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