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Healthy Holidays

by Grace H. on Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Guest Blogger: Christine Wooley, Advocate Leader

With the holidays in full swing, it can be a challenge to stick to your normal workout routine and stay on a healthy diet. This holiday I have been wearing a pedometer and keeping healthy food choices available to help stay fit and ward off unwanted pounds.

My goal is to walk 8,000 to 10,000 steps per day. This sounds like a lot of walking, but you will be amazed at how quickly the steps add up. Wearing a pedometer has helped me to be more aware of my daily physical activity. It’s actually been really fun to set step goals. I purchased my pedometer through my healthcare provider. You can also purchase pedometers with the AHA logo on them at the American Heart Association website,

Last Saturday, knowing that I wanted to get at least 8,000 steps of walking in and having Christmas shopping to do, I parked my car outside of the downtown shopping area and walked rather than parking next to the shops. I loved periodically checking my pedometer to see how many steps were accumulating, and to my surprise ended up walking 13,580 steps.

Another thing that I have been doing to try and stay ahead of the curve, so to speak, is to have healthy snacks around the house. Our fruit bowl is full of fresh yummy fruits, and we have crunchy veggies in the refrigerator ready for snacking. The T.V. room has nuts in the shell to eat while watching our favorite holiday shows. Having to crack the shells keeps me from eating too fast.

The holiday season only comes around once a year, so don’t feel guilty about eating your favorite holiday treats. Just grab a pedometer, get your daily exercise in, eat healthy when you can, and most importantly enjoy!

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  • Thank you for all of your comments! The pedometer challenge is such a fun way to stay fit and motivated. I have also joined a winter fitness challenge at my gym, and today will incorporate running into my workout routine. Kathy, your running tips will help a lot. Thank you!

    Have a wonderful day! Christine Wooley

    — Christine W.

  • Hi Christine, thanks for your healthy suggestions.  I ran 7 miles today with a Galloway running, walking group.  They have pacing groups.  You can run for 30 seconds and walk for 30 seconds, run for a minute and walk for a minute, or if you run faster, you can run for two or three minutes and walk for one.  It''s a safe way to combine running and walking. Thanks for being an Advocate Leader, and thanks for reminding us to "keep moving" in the new year.  Kathy Ryan

    — Kathleen R.

  • I purchased a pedometer off Amazon and my new year''s resolution is to start using it but it''s still the in the package, will start next week when I know I''ll actually be walking around campus!

  • "Working from home has made easier to go to the gym.  

    — Darlyn S.

  • Thanks for the great reminder to dust off my pedometer! :)

    — Erica P.

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