November 28, 2012
Holiday Health Doesn’t Have to be a Bah Humbug
The merry moments in the weeks ahead are filled with family feasts, business bashes and plenty of toasts to glad tidings. However, it’s never too late to start, or get back on track with your 2012 resolutions.
“It’s important to try and maintain your level of physical activity,” said California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer, Dr. Ron Chapman. “It’s not too late in 2012 to make a personal resolution to be physically active as well as eating as healthy as we can during the holidays.”
Here are five tips to help you stay focused on your goal and remain action-oriented:
• Enjoy the season. The holidays are a time for family, friends, and yes, food. Have a taste now and then of your favorite treat: completely restraining only increases the likelihood of going overboard. Satisfy your craving with a small taste, and you’ll feel better without completely straying from your goals.
• Mix it up. You don’t have to hit the gym to be physically active: take bicycle rides, try Yoga, or pull out the jump rope. Changing it up will make it less likely you’ll become bored, and more likely you’ll enjoy yourself and want to stick with it.
• Buddy up. Think about working on your health goals with a friend, or posting your progress online or using several new apps available for mobile devices to help you check in with your friends and yourself.
• Keep track of your progress. Self-monitoring is vital to meeting your goal and see where you’re making strides. Once you start keeping track of how you’re doing, you’ll want to continue doing more, and excel!
• Don’t overreact to a lapse. It’s easy to become frustrated if you have a bad day, but don’t let it throw you off course. Stay focused on your goal and remain action-oriented.
Learn more about these ideas in Dr. Chapman’s motivational video message