Here’s to your health in 2016

New year — new me.

This is what millions of Americans tell themselves as January 1st rolls around.

In 2016, maybe you want to lose some weight, put on some muscle or fit into clothes a few sizes down. If so, you’re in good company.

And if you don’t meet your goals, you’re also far from alone. A large majority of these failed resolutions have to do with a person’s health. According to Forbes, only 8% of people actually achieve their New Year’s resolutions.

The problem with so many New Year’s resolutions is that people set goals to become healthier, but their intentions aren’t healthy at all.

They want to lose some weight, put on some muscle, fit into clothes a few sizes down not for themselves, but for everybody else.

So they can be accepted.

So they can feel loved.

But when the going gets tough, these kinds of outward-focused goals will fail you.

When you depend on the approval of others, you cannot be happy. That’s because, once you obtain this approval, your next goal becomes a desperate attempt to hold on. This can cause constant anxiety and worry.

If you lose this approval, only disappointment will follow — a neverending cycle of unhappiness.

Never forget, your health is for you.

When you decide to improve your life by eating healthier, exercising more and incorporating positive habits …

Do it for you and your well-being.

Do it for the energy and happiness that comes with a healthy lifestyle. Realize and remember how much better your life has become both physically and mentally.

Do it for your family and the responsibility you have to your children and grandchildren.

You can become healthier this year, and it begins with the proper knowledge and action plan like the ideas Uncommon Wisdom Daily sends you every Saturday.

But realize this isn’t an overnight process.

You must understand this is a neverending journey.

Like anything worthwhile in life, there will be adversity. But overcoming this adversity and seeing the positive results you worked so hard for will make you feel 100 times better than any approval from someone else.

As long as you’re moving forward, you will achieve your goals.

Together we will walk this journey, and we promise to continue to provide you with the most beneficial, well-researched, and honest information possible.

So here’s to your health in 2016.

Best wishes,

Brad Hoppmann

Brad Hoppmann originally grew up in Florida, but has lived in Baltimore, Charlotte and New York as well throughout his career. Always an athlete, he played varsity football and water polo at the University of Florida and received All-SEC/SCC honors.