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Editor’s Note — CNN Travel’s favorite travel writer Ray Sanchez has created an antidote to stress, based on his own experiences. What’s most striking about the process is how easy it is to make a small change that could make all the difference to our physical and mental well-being.
What’s your New Year’s resolution? Get off that treadmill.
Depressing. That applies to us all, right? The newly-elected US President is spending Christmas and the new year faddishly tweeting. Dear US Departments of State and Defense: Please inform me before I tweet where you are on this issue.
New Zealand comedian Dave Hughes recently revealed his resolution is to avoid work over the holidays.
Everyday being a stand-up comedian can be hugely stressful, so it’s worth making it your new year’s resolution to avoid routine.
My new year’s resolution is to become a master power walker.
I’m not sure it’ll be easy for a guy who works in “here and now” — everyday I squeeze into CNN’s “Crossfire” studios — but I have a strong resolve to resist anything that resembles modern, computerized human behavior. There are, after all, smarter people out there than me, and they’re doing amazing things. It’s not my time to screw things up for others.
I know how great walking is, but for me its a one-time opportunity. When I’m battling the nagging energy that a poor commute often brings (I set aside an hour every night to walk my dog), I like to decompress at home and watch a movie.
Shows like “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and “Legion” are great. However, they are ultimately about an individual. What is it about your life that needs re-inventing? I believe I’ve reached a point in my life where I am literally and figuratively re-inventing myself and I need to create rituals around those changes.
It’s not your job to run on autopilot for the next 18 months.
That’s why I need to try this simple, 20-minute walking ritual with my wife and children. It sounds weird, and yeah, yeah, way out of my control — but it can have quite a psychological effect.
Like any program or routine, this is designed to be personalized to you. You need to decide what changes you want to make to your daily schedule. You might decide you need to nix that weird combination of exercise you learned from childhood — alternating gym and aerobics classes — because you know the number of steps needed to qualify for a balanced diet. Or, you might think taking the subway to work is a comical sight that helps you balance your energy on the day.
The idea is, it’s something everyone should do at least once a week. Just because you don’t like the thought of walking while you’re working doesn’t mean you should.
My wife and I are walking when we can, but she’s too engrossed in the video game she’s playing to care. So I’m just going to take a few photos. (We’re shooting it from the sofa — as I’m not the fattest guy around.)
I will walk on Christmas Day. I will do the same on New Year’s Day. This is how I plan to meet my New Year’s resolution.