Chaaarge Into Bellydance!
(The original version of following article has been translated into Russian for those of you who are native speakers. Go to http://idance.ru/show.php?id_a=339 to check it out.)
When new year rolls around, people often see it as an opportune time to make some real changes in their lives for the better.
For many "get fit" is often one of the desired changes. However for most, that involves a sudden burst of exercise, and then very quickly lapsing back into inactivity. The thing is, it doesn't have to be like that. You can decide to make changes and stick to them.
The first thing to do is get rid of any excuses. If you wait for the perfect moment to say “Chaaarge!” and make some changes for the better, then you’re really kidding yourself. There's never a perfect moment to start getting fit. Any time is the best time.
The second thing to do is not make resolutions. Instead, make goals. To me, making a resolution implies a lack of permanence and an inbuilt excuse for failure. So replace the phrase 'New Year's Resolution' with 'fitness goals for the new year'.
Next, take the words “try to…” and throw them into a bin along with the word ‘resolution’.
Look at this phrase: "I’m going to try to exercise”.
It's not too convincing, is it? And that's because any sentence that begins with “I’m going to try to…” has the built-in escape hatch of being able to say “Oh well, I tried…” down the track if you don't continue.
Instead, state your fitness goals with conviction and make a plan that includes realistic timeframes. Keep the following in mind as you make your plan:
Gradual change = sensible change = permanent change.
So you make your goal, and make a plan to reach that goal. That leaves one last step, which is to chaaarage and get yourself to some Bellydance classes! I guarantee that there's nothing more fun than getting fit through Bellydancing.
SAY NO TO PUPPY MILLS! SAY NO TO ANIMALS IN PETSHOPS! SAY NO TO BREEDERS!
Adopt a homeless animal instead - they all deserve a second chance
It's estimated that 130,000 dogs and 60,000 cats are killed every year in Australia because there are not enough homes for them all. And the global numbers amount to millions upon millions every single year.
Puppy mills are a major contributor to the terrible problem of overpopulation. Puppy mills are essentially 'dog factories' where dogs are forced to churn out litter after litter, with no thought for the welfare of the dogs and all thought for profit. The dogs live in appallingly dirty, cramped conditions all their lives, and when they no longer serve their purpose they're killed, dumped or sold to vivisection laboratories.
Petshops fit into the picture because puppy mills are generally where petshops get their animals from. Furthermore, having animals in shop windows encourages impulse purchases, and adding an animal to your family should be a conscious, careful decision - NOT one to be made while shoe shopping.
Breeders contribute enormously to the tragic statistics above too. And it doesn't matter whether they're professional breeders or backyard breeders, and whether they breed for profit or not, because while there are homeless animals sitting on death row in shelters, any and all animal breeding is utterly irresponsible.
Now, here's where you come in. You can either be part of the problem or part of the solution. You can either buy animals from puppy mills, petshops or breeders and be part of the problem. Or you can adopt from a shelter or rescue organisation and be part of the solution.
If I haven't convinced you, visit your local shelter to see the homeless animals. Let their innocent faces convince you that adopting is the only responsible choice to make.
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