Health and fitness briefs, Dec. 10

Published: December 10, 2013


Love yourself

At times, we all struggle with sadness and even depression. Life throws those overwhelming curve balls — relationship issues, financial stress, weight gain, the loss of a job. The list can be endless. It's often during these times that we are the hardest on ourselves. With the holidays near, one way to stay mentally healthy is to stop whispering negative thoughts into your own ear. Instead, shout the positive. Start simple with “I believe in myself” or “Today I will do the best that I can.” Remember you are not defined by your waistline, or how much money you have in the bank. This year, be the recipient of the best gift ever — love yourself!

SOURCE: Molly Ross, executive director for the Integris James L. Hall Jr. Center for Mind, Body and Spirit.

Get active with traditions

You may be getting ready for the annual day of baking Christmas cookies together or your traditional family movie night. But maybe this year you can start a few traditions that will get you and your loved ones moving. Here are a few ideas on how to spend quality, active time with your family this season:

Pick a holiday or winter exercise. Instead of a traditional workout, schedule a family walk to look at holiday decorations around the neighborhood, challenge the kids to a fun snowball fight, or ice skating. Gather the kids in your neighborhood and walk door-to-door caroling. It's quality family time, extra steps and spreading cheer all rolled into a few fun activities.

Give back. How could you not love the concept of holiday charity runs and walks? There are so many organized races and runs in the winter. Look for your local Reindeer Run and sign up with friends and family. Wear some tiny bells or a Santa hat at the starting line to be especially festive!

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