Health and Wellness

“My New Year’s Resolution”

January 19, 2020

“To jump really high and dunk a basketball”

At first glance, this may seem like a silly or shallow resolution. But it’s not just about dunking a basketball.

That was me (picture above) in 1968. My senior year in High School. I could dunk it two-handed. I also held the high jump record, back then, at our school. I jumped my height. I was six feet tall then but, to my dismay, I never grew any taller.

But I’m not 17 now 😟 and I’m still six feet tall. I can reach up to eight feet. And the basketball rim is at ten feet. So all I have to do is jump up in the air two feet more to reach my goal. Sounds easy, right?

But if you’ve ever tried to do it, you know it’s not that easy. It requires training and practice.

In order to increase my vertical leap and agility, I’d have to do the right exercises, which could include running, jumping rope, plyometrics, lifting weights, playing basketball, lemon squeezes, stretches, lunges, situps, pushups, etc.

Ugh! That sounds like too much work for such a simple goal of dunking a basketball. (I could just lower the rim to eight feet…🤪😂🤣 )

But, I thought that if I do all the right exercises so that I am eventually able to dunk it again, I would be in pretty good shape and health, like I always want to be.

That’s what the real goal is.

Dunking a basketball is just fun and the idea of being able to do it again was my impetus to get started.

But you don’t have to go to that extreme. Find your own reason to improve or maintain your health. It could be something as simple as walking around a lake because you like the view of the water. Make it a part of your lifestyle, not just an exercise.

‘Cause when you have your health, you have everything. Without it, there are a lot of things you can’t do or enjoy doing.

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