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What's #Trending In Your Health?

Posted by Adam Naylor  January 15, 2013 10:12 AM

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We are half a month into the New Year. The setting of resolutions seems like a bright idea of long ago. The question for today is, “Have your proclamations towards wellness stuck?” Perhaps you are rolling along well. Perhaps you planned your stumbling wisely (see Resolute Towards Stumbling). Perhaps it is time for a renewed nudge forward. Goal setting so often fails because we treat the process like a crock pot… set it and forget it. Unfortunately, resolutions that we fail to attend to and nourish turn out to be simply pleasant daydreams without action.

In efforts to build your momentum I wonder, "What is trending in your health?" My wife (@ehnaylor) joined the #plankaday movement this New Year. Strong cores are trending in this house. The “#” is an interesting twist on developing social connectedness and positive emotional spirals. While it is difficult to see online social networks replacing the richness of face-to-face relationships, they certainly can be encouraging places where goals are shared and supported. The metaphor of the hashtag is great when considering driving towards new and healthier behaviors. Hashtags are about building critical mass so the momentum of a movement is widely recognized. Sounds like weight loss or strength gain - exercising at an increasing intensity over a duration of time that will result in noticeable changes in appearance and physical performance. It all begins with an action that is “trended” over time and leads to true change.

Goals were set to start the New Year. 15 days later, what are you trending?

Your homework:

Complete the following - #________________________


NaylorMug.jpgDr. Adam Naylor leads Telos Sport Psychology Consulting and is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Boston University’s School of Education. He has a decade and a half of experiences working with professional through amateur athletes – of note: US Open competitors, NCAA champions, Olympians, Stanley Cup winners, and UFC martial artists. Beyond sports, over the past five years he has served as a corporate performance and wellness consultant. He can be reached at adam@telos-spc.com. Follow him on Twitter @ahnaylor.

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Elizabeth Comeau is a social media marketing manager at Boston.com. She will be blogging about her personal fitness journey and using a device called a FitBit to track her weekly goals and progress (see below). Follow her journey and share your own. Read more about Elizabeth and this blog.

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