How many of you made resolutions for the new year 2014 to get in shape, to feel young again? How many of you feel OLD?  Around Staten Island there are a multitude of sites to help you keep your resolutions.  Silver Lake Park on the North Shore of Staten Island is perfect at any time of the day. The sun rise and sun set on the water and throughout the park is breathtaking. Bloomingdale Park on the South Shore boasts scenic trails, a great play area for the children and a dog run for the pooches among other features.  Snug Harbor is a gem--the Botanical Garden, the Art Lab, galleries, the Children's Museum, the duck, fish and goose pond where you can sit and meditate. The boardwalk at South Beach is a perfect place to walk, run, meet people and breathe in the fresh salt air.  A walk to the Staten Island ferry, a trip to Manhattan on a weekend is a terrific outing ending with a walk around Battery Park.

In a recent article in the Staten Island Advance, the columnist noted that she had met a gentleman many years ago.  He shared that he had a long line of family members who lived to ripe old ages. He made singing a part of his life.  He was married with six children during the Depression.  He would walk the streets looking for work and learned to do many jobs.  But the one job that struck me as inspirational was this--In the middle of winter, he rode his bicycle from West Brighton to Tottenville where he would wash down excursion boats for $50 a month.  He loved to walk, and once a year walked from Staten Island to Bear Mountain!

How many of you drive cars to the store five blocks away, drive your kids to school when they are perfectly capable of walking, take elevators instead of the stairs?  How many of you built a snowman or a snow fort with your kids during this recent snowstorm?  You don't have to join a gym to get in shape. You can discover new destinations where you can walk to have a picnic lunch, throw a frisbee, play a guitar, read poetry.  Staten Island has endless possibilities and is a wonderland of activity just waiting for you! 

Stay active, keep your mind active, get in shape and you will feel young again. Attitude is everything. What do you think? 

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