New Year’s Resolutions

In 1863 Mark Twain wrote about New Year’s Resolutions:

Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual. Yesterday, everybody smoked his last cigar, took his last drink, and swore his last oath. To-day, we are a pious and exemplary community. Thirty days from now, we shall have cast our reformation to the winds and gone to cutting our ancient short comings considerably shorter than ever. We shall also reflect pleasantly upon how we did the same old thing last year about this time. However, go in, community. New Year’s is a harmless annual institution, of no particular use to anybody save as a scapegoat for promiscuous drunks, and friendly calls, and humbug resolutions, and we wish you to enjoy it with a looseness suited to the greatness of the occasion.

Whether you believe in making New Year’s Resolutions on the first of the year or not –  the beginning of the year or even the beginning of the month or the week is a good time to start something new. Most of us want to stay healthy, maybe lose a few pounds and stretch out those muscles. This is a good time to start a new routine or even change around the old one.

The Lake House has been open for most of the pandemic, albeit in a different format. The exercise classes in Live Oak Hall are smaller with people wearing masks and practicing social distancing. On the Fitness Center side, the exercise machines are set up so that every other one is available. The Indoor Fitness Pool still has both classes and open lap swimming. The staff is cleaning everything before and after each use and as before, everyone is asked to clean the machine or equipment they use.

Because of the pandemic, you need to make a reservation for the facilities at the Lake House. It is easy to do, just go to and click on The Lake House Reservations – Book an Appointment to reserve a spot in a class at the Live Oak Hall, the Indoor Fitness Pool, or the Fitness Center.

To see the January Fitness Class Schedule, click here.

If you make a reservation and find that you can’t make it, please email so that spot can be used by someone else.

Isaac Newton’s first law of motion “A body at rest tends to stay at rest” may have been about inertia, but it can hold true about exercising.  The hardest exercise is starting it.