Go For The Good!

Nov 28th, 2008 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Okay, it’s time to get off the sofa and begin the day to rid yourself of some of the 12000 or so calories you enjoyed yesterday. Of course, some of it has already turned to fat and will take a great part of next year to remove, not including how much more is added during the coming holidays.

Consider the options: You can shop on Black Friday and fight the crowds. Great exercise, but futile in its outcome. You may lose a few calories, but will replace those with frustration and anxiety. Besides, it may also be disappointing that 88% of us will not do the Black Friday thing this year. With few people to contend with, fewer calories will be burned.

You may already have been up for your daily walk. If not, make it considerably longer.

You may take a hike, a more strenuous form of walking. This is for those with the lung capacity and determination to put one foot in front of the other on a trail that gives satisfaction visually, but more exercise as well.

Ride your bike or roller blades. For those without either, try that exercise machine that usually serves as an additional closet.

Of course, this is assuming your normal routine of stretching and in house exercises have already been accomplished.

Perhaps, there is a museum you have wanted to see, a sight, a botanical garden or such. Good way to at least be on your feet.

Now, let’s move to the next consideration. Because a repetition of on and off weight is a maddening cycle, perhaps its time to impose appropriate discipline in pushing away from the table, weighing carefully just what is helpful to you in intake and what is not.

Holidays are typically high consumption moments. Maybe it’s time to look at more low consumption options. Maybe it’s time to impose disciplines that reduce the waist line ahead of the meal. Spreading out a meal over a longer period might also be better for your digestion.

Holidays really need to be festive. It is a part of our cultural and traditional survival
to share in occasions of frivolity, joy, sharing a holiday without the stress of high demands. It is your body and state of mind that reaps the benefit of such a good occasion. Now, make this day one which reaps the benefits of a healthy discipline, a good spirit and a joyful outlook.

Go for the good!



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