This week, determine a long term goal that you plan to accomplish over the next 12 months. What outcome are you looking to achieve? Try to picture how good you will feel when you reach this goal. Some helpful tools to success are to have a way to be able to track the progress of your goal and make sure to plan ways to celebrate milestones along the way.
Let’s make a list. Who are the people in your life who have a positive impact on what you do and how you live? How can you carry out this season’s holiday cheer into the New Year? Appreciate those around you and set yourself up for success for 2015!
On average, during holiday celebrations, people eat 3 to 4 times more than they do on a normal day. Avoid mindless or emotional eating at holiday gatherings. Focus on why and with whom you are celebrating instead of the food and drinks. A helpful tip to avoid over eating is to slow down when you eat and enjoy each bite. Try putting down your fork while chewing or take a drink between each of your [...]
Ignore the commercialism of the season. Discover what you value about the holidays. Give back this holiday season in a way that helps others such as volunteer, sponsor a needy family, or buy gifts from a gift/wish tree. Giving can be more rewarding than receiving. 76% of people who volunteer during the holiday say that it has helped them feel healthier and 94% say it improves their mood. Help your health by helping others!
90% of Americans stress over at least one thing during the holiday. Use physical activity to relieve tension and manage stress this holiday season. Schedule at least 21 minutes of movement each day this week. This is just 1.4% of your day! The magic of regular aerobic exercise includes relaxing and calming feelings while countering depression and dissipating stress. Get moving today!
Save yourself from financial stress in January by planning how you will be spending your money this month. Be sure to budget for gifts, food, parties, travel, decorating, etc. When you go shopping, take your budget with you, & keep it next to your computer for on-line purchasing. This will help ensure your success of sticking to your budget!
How are you doing with accomplishing your goals and what is next? Ask yourself: What has gone well? What will you need to change? What will you commit to for the next 2 weeks? Are there any possible new barriers?
Exercising boosts immune function, increases productivity, and can decreases aches & pains related to aging. Have fun and take pride in the new things you accomplish. Stick with your plan the best you can. If barriers pop up, instead of throwing in the towel, be flexible and make adjustments to your plan. 80 percent of US adults do not meet the weekly recommendation for exercise. Don’t be a part of that number!
Plan the next 2 weeks and commit to your answers for the following questions: How many times a week? Which days? What time of the day? How long or how far? How will you handle barriers?
Commit to a physical activity goal for the month. Choose something you used to enjoy or “have been meaning to do”. A few suggestions could be: Join a gym; swim in a pool; take an exercise class; try something brand new; get back to doing exercise DVDs; sign up for a 5K; go hiking; etc. Just get moving and stick to it! Let’s see if this new routine could become a habit.