Tips for the Holidays and Every Day of the Year

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It is the season of the year when we tend to think more about our health than at any other time. Not only are we trying to stay active and watch what we eat, but we are also contemplating what will be on our list of New Year’s Resolutions going into the next year. In reality, shouldn’t we have a health and fitness program that we aspire to all 365 days of the year? If we did, we could eliminate a lot of stress during this time and focus more on family and friends. However, the truth is that getting through the holidays is stressful. With that in mind here are a few tips and ideas to incorporate into this holiday season and continue into 2014….resolutions to make and keep every day—all 365 of them.

  • Shop for healthy foods. It is more important then ever to stock your kitchen with heart-healthy foods. Have snacks handy such as nuts, dried fruits, apples, and yogurt.
  • Schedule your exercise. Your schedule will be very hectic this holiday season. Schedule your workout just as you would any other appointment to help you stay on track.
  • Try 10-minute mini-workouts during hectic times. If it’s hard to find 30 minutes or more for exercise, try working in 10 minutes at a time throughout your day.
  • Moderation is the key when it comes to healthy eating. Complete denial doesn’t work at any level or any time of the year.
  • Explore fun ways to get the family moving. Get the kids, the pets, the neighbors outside whenever you can and go for a walk or play tag football—anything to be active.
  • At work, sit less and move more. Use the time you are at work to be active and incorporate a variety of tools to get you moving more and sitting less.

“The holidays offer a perfect opportunity for enjoying loved ones, celebrating life, being grateful, and reflecting on what’s important. They are also a time to appreciate the gift of health.” Support health and safety for yourself and others by following the Twelve Days to Health holiday tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

And, want to get the children involved? Use this festive song, sung to the tune of The Twelve Days of Christmas, to help kids learn how to stay safe and healthy this holiday season!

Happy Holidays!

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