More Ways to Stay Fit and Healthy during the Holiday Season
December 11, 2008
Fifth in a six-part series
Last week was the fourth installment in this six-part series featuring sixty ways to stay fit and healthy during the holiday season. This week, we continue the series with the next 10 ways to stay on track.
1) After a big holiday meal, send most of the leftovers home with your guests. Whatever you keep, create low-calorie healthy meals that you can freeze such as broth-based soups and then you will have delicious, low calorie meals for several weeks. Check to make certain whatever leftovers you use will keep in the freezer and for how long.
2) Purchase a solid nutrition reference book, such as Prevention Magazine’s Nutrition Advisor by Mark Bricklin. Although there are many Web sites dedicated to nutritional advice and science, it is always a good idea to have a desk reference and resource so you can make wise nutritional choices.
3) For every cookie, piece of candy, pie or cake you have this holiday season, if you are able, commit to walking a mile. If you know every time you indulge you are going to have to walk a mile, you might think twice about how many times you indulge.
4) If you are healthy enough to do so, shoveling snow is a great calorie burner. Just remember to keep your core muscles engaged, take frequent breaks to avoid undue fatigue, stay hydrated and dress warmly.
5) Create a fitness studio in your own home. You do not have to have expensive equipment. Purchase a step with risers, which can be used for cardio/step workouts and substitute as a weight lifting bench. Resistive tubing, stability balls, dumbbells, barbells, exercise mats, foam rollers, mini balls, and medicine balls are all relatively inexpensive fitness tools that do not take up much space. Make certain you receive instruction on how to utilize these tools from a certified, qualified instructor/trainer before use.
6) Go sledding with your children or friends. Climbing up and down the hill between each ride will burn calories, and it is free and fun.
7) Ask your physician if it is time to have a physical examination. Begin the new year knowing what your physical condition is and what, if any, modifications you need to make to your lifestyle to stay healthy or to help you get on the road to good health.
8) Get that “head edge” when you exercise by visualizing yourself succeeding. Climb every hill with passion and focus, imagining what waits for you at the top of that hill or across the finish line. Your performance will probably improve and improved performance will help you to achieve your desired fitness outcomes.
9) If you are able, walk your dog in the snow. Dress warmly, wear proper snow/ice-ready boots and move your body.
10) During football half-time shows rather than making a snack or another cocktail, take a brisk walk instead. You will feel invigorated and, if your team is not playing well, it will relieve some stress as well.
Next week, look for final 10 ways, in this series, to stay fit and healthy during the holiday season.
” Jackie Wright can be reached at her e-mail address: NSFGL@comcast.net and her blog at skyhidailynews.com
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