We all know it’s true. Millions of people resolve each year to lead and live healthier lifestyles. For triathletes, this may not be the case. A triathlete is more likely to resolve to “swim more” or to “practice transitions” or “do more speedwork”. Where does the tradition of New Year’s resolution come from, anyway?
According to ABC’s website:
Historians indicate the roots stem from the mythical Roman King Janus (We still use his name for the first month of the year — January).
Janus was known as the god of beginnings and became the ancient Roman symbol for resolutions. He was also said to be two-faced. No, he wasn’t a hypocrite, but was believed to have a face in the back of his head as well as the front. This unique feature enabled the king to look back into the past and ahead toward the future. Janus also became known as the guardian of entry ways (and doors as well). The New Year was celebrated by Romans who used Janus as a symbol of the occasion while seeking forgiveness from their enemies. It was also a time to exchange gifts with one another.
Regardless of the origins of the New Year’s resolution, it offers us all a great opportunity to make a change. If getting healthy is your goal, there is no better way than to start training for a triathlon. It doesn’t have to be an ironman either. Find a local 5k and a local sprint triathlon and start training. Before you know it, you’ll be losing weight, feeling more energetic, eating a healthier diet and keeping a promise to yourself. Contact us for more information about how the Trismarter.com team of triathlon coaches and sports nutritionists can help!
To get the year started on the right foot, check out the Emerald Nuts Midnight Run in NYC’s Central Park.