Be Fit For Life

with Ellen Cohen-Kaplan

What if you tried something new for 30 days…..?

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I always wanted a convertible!

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Most of us have a bucket list. The problem is, we may think we have to wait for the “right time” to try that new thing that we know we MUST do at some point in our lives. What are we waiting for? My bucket list is as long as my leg, and I try to knock off at least 3 new things a year. As I was scrolling through some TED talks, I came across a guy named Matt Cutts, who appealed to me because he was not a rocket scientist, an Arctic explorer who x-country skied overland for 10 weeks in subzero weather, or a man who worked with and knew Francis Crick (DNA theorist) personally. He was a self-described, ordinary computer science nerd who decided to try something new for at least 30 days. He figured that one could do almost anything for a limited time, and if you didn’t like it, you could quit without too much skin in the game. He began cycling to work, getting in much better shape, and eventually hiked Mt. Kilimanjaro with his new-found confidence. He realized that he could do just about anything he put his mind to. One thing I liked about Matt’s experience is that the new activity does not have to be on a large scale. One of his new habits was taking a photograph every day for 30 days. The result? He discovered that he remembered every instance when he snapped the picture, and this allowed him to be more present in the moment. Another salient point is that the small changes were easier to maintain than the large ones. Check out his short video at:

http://video-subtitle.tedcdn.com/talk/podcast/2011U/None/MattCutts_2011U-low-en.mp4

One of my new adventures this summer will be paddle boarding. Another adventure will be empty-nesting come the fall. Suffice to say, I’ve been thinking about both these new and exciting events for quite some time ! So what will it be for you? Whether you’ve written down your list, haven’t begun making one, or have your sundry and various ideas in your mind only, make yourself a commitment to do something new for 30 days, and see how it pans out. Then tell me about it- I’m always inspired by people trying out new things and making changes to enhance their lives!

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