Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Fitness Lives - Keep Straight in December

I love this motivational post entitled Is Fitness Dead by - Adam Bornstein on Livestrong

In short he is challenging everyone to not let December and the holidays mean a halt to fitness and nutrition. Here are some excerpts:

But the end of the year is also bittersweet. When you look beyond the holiday cheer and time away from work, December oftentimes equals doom for your health. Diets go crashing, activity disappears, and the hard work that people put in for an entire year goes on life support—waiting for resurrection in January. 

This year, I want to try something different. I want to bring fitness back to life in December and start preparing some pre-resolutions. Consider it a test for the real thing in January.  I want you to increase your activity, focus on your diet, and still enjoy the holidays, all while finding time for your health. It’s time to raise the bar. After all, recent research shows that by the year 2020, it’s estimated that 83 percent of men and 72 percent of women will be either overweight or obese. Translation: We need to fight for our health and set a standard for others to follow.
After all: It’s not always how you start, but where you finish. 
Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/blog/blog/is-fitness-dead/#ixzz1f8AyO4D3
I plan to take his challenge and not only try to keep up with my routine but also to add in something new. I have been good for years jogging almost every day, but I never last very long doing strength training so I pledge to start strength training in December as part of his plea. I  have to admit I was planning this anyway - a brand spankin new YMCA will be opening next week a 1/2 mile from my house and I already got my membership, but his challenge is making me more excited to go.

As far as keeping to eating healthy over the holidays here are some tips from me"

  • eat something healthy like a Mealpod before going to a party
  • Don't get two of anything!
  • Eat half of everything you put on your plate (feed the other half to the host's dog)
  • If you don't eat flour or carbs it is always possible at parties to stay on track - don't make excuses
  • Get dessert but eat 1/2
  • Bring something healthy and load up on that


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