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Bus. 12-25-08 H2U, South Bay Hospital, Nearby Builders
By Betty Morrow betty@observernews.net
Dec 25, 2008 - 9:10:45 AM

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Have A Happy Healthy Holiday Season
According to the experts at H2U (Health, Happiness, You!), a health and wellness program sponsored locally by South Bay Hospital, having a happy and healthy holiday season may be easier than you think. With the increased stress and busy schedules we experience this time of year, it’s quite easy to find an excuse to skip your daily exercise or have that extra glass of eggnog. But a simple plan and the proper mindset can help you stay on track.

It is important to recognize that even the most dedicated health nut will probably find it hard to keep to their normal routine, and that’s OK. Set realistic expectations and allow yourself some wiggle room. But don’t set aside your health routine all together – that will only leave you with more pounds, more issues and more stress come January. 

Setting small attainable goals is a good way to keep motivated when we are tempted by so many delightful pleasures during the holidays. Don’t expect to drop a pant size in this time period, but toning up and simply maintaining your current weight is an appropriate goal.

Don’t attempt to squeeze exercise into your schedule – instead make ample time for your workouts and leave other obligations out. Prioritize events and attend only those that are truly important to you. This will cut down on your stress and anxiety levels as well.

Find some motivation that has nothing to do with guilt. An exercise partner is a great way to hold each other accountable. Or pick an event or sport to train for, run your first 5k or join a basketball team.

With the number of holiday events, family gatherings, shopping trips and the general hustle and bustle this time of year, your health routine is often the first thing to get the boot. Planning ahead can help you cope with many sources of holiday-related stress and help you to avoid health blunders. By sticking to a plan and having realistic expectations, you can save your sanity and your health!
For more information about H2U (Health, Happiness, You!) call Paula Hange at 813-634-0187.

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