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I found it to be rather refreshing this year that I was not inundated with advertisements for gym memberships as we rang in the new year. 2021 surely started off differently and I assume resolutions look a lot different now as well. For me, this year is focused on my overall health. Not a numerical value in mind, just to feel good.


At the start of this journey, I invested in some weights, a treadmill, a yoga mat, exercise ball and a resistance band. I scoured YouTube to help build an at home routine that leaves me feeling energized. I’m not working out extensively like I would normally do at a gym, this time I’m moving in ways that make me feel better about myself, and this is empowering.


I think the best part about the 2021 resolution that I have made for myself is that I have created time each day to solely focus on feeling good, and the best part about this, is I’m in the comfort of my own home. I don’t need to go to a gym to feel like I’ve had a successful workout, I just needed the time for myself.


In addition to the time that I’ve carved out for myself, some of us at REM have Fitbit’s and make use of the weekly challenges. This keeps us motivated, and as a competitive bunch – it keeps us moving and laughing – the smack talk get’s quite entertaining at times.


I know we have all been stuck at home, some of us can get into ruts (I know I did) but making the most of it can be rewarding.


I’d love to know how you have been turning these series of unfortunate events into something great, please share your stories with us!


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