And once you play regularly, you may even experience the violinist's high. You will beon the perfect path to violin addiction!But now imagine that you happen to be someone who simply hates violin.You have no sense of tone or rhythm, the very thought of picking up the instrument (anyinstrument) makes you want to stay in bed. Perhaps memories of the hated violin teacher ruined it for you in grade school. Perhaps you were the one always picked last for theclass ensemble.The people who love their violin do not understand. Why are you choosing not to playwhen everything points to the benefits? And it is just 20 minutes, is that too much toexpect?Interestingly enough, it turns out that you are by no means in the minority. According tothe latest Canadian Community Health Survey, 95% of Canadians fail to achieve even theminimum 100 minutes of recommended weekly violin.It is not that most Canadians do not like the violin. They do love listening to andwatching violin concerts, they just don't like playing it themselves. In fact, over the pastyears several new violin channels have popped up on TV. There are now national andinternational violin competitions.And yet, most people will simply refuse to pick up the violin. This, despite the tax creditsoffered to violin players. Do we really have to discuss taxes and higher health premiumsfor non-players?Why are these people digging their own graves by simply refusing to pick up the violin?Don't these people get it?Well, they get it alright. They simply don't enjoy the violin -- no matter the health benefits.Violins aside, h
bottom line: If you want to improve your health this new year,make sure you take up something you love to do. If you choose something you despise,
you’ll only last a few
weeks at most. For healthy habits to stick, they have to be in placefor the long-term, regular
and fun (or at least, not unpleasant).Choose small,
attainable goals, regular habits that you’ll enjoy completing. It might
mean a 20 minute daily walk or an increase in delicious whole foods over processedfoods. It might mean joining a team sport or making the time for more home cookedmeals.But it should always be something you enjoy doing, and something that you can probablystick with for a lifetime.