Warmest Wishes for a Healthy, Happy New Year

December 29, 2007 By Uta Pippig

Dear Website readers,

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Hello to everyone! On behalf of the entire Take the Magic Step® team from all over the world, I want to wish you much happiness, peace, fitness and health to you, your families and friends, no matter where you live and what holidays you are celebrating.

The holidays are a wonderful time to spend with families and friends, and to reflect on the past year. You might be pleased with what you have accomplished both personally and professionally. We hope you can enjoy the efforts you have put into your work, private life and health. Maybe you started a new exercise or nutritional routine. Try to see the positives and incorporate any shortfalls in what you had hoped to accomplish into next years goals and go for them with fun and excitement.

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Treat yourself a little, here and there, during the holidays. There are many pleasures to be had that are unique during this time of year. Enjoy them, like chocolate, and look forward to next year.

Most people find that they enjoy the holiday season even more when they’re healthy and happy. With snow and hopefully beautiful winter weather you might want to get outside, take a walk, hike or ski. A few ideas might help you to stay fit through the holidays:

  • Stay active. You don’t have to be out marathon training to stay fit over the holidays. You could do something as simple and pleasurable as taking walks around the neighborhood after family meals and checking out which neighbors have the most over-the-top decorations. Or try a fun winter sport like snowboarding, downhill skiing, ice skating or, one of my favorites, cross-country skiing.
  • Make healthy food choices. Let vegetables take up most of your plate at holiday meals. Drink plenty of water throughout the day, and if you drink alcohol, do so in moderation.
  • Don’t stress out! Fun times with family and friends are what make the holiday’s special, not competitive gift giving and obsessing over perfect decorations. Years from now, people will remember how you told a funny story, thoughtfulness or how you gave a nice hug.

This time of year can also be perfect to start thinking about your fitness and health goals for 2008. You might want to change your fitness routine, work on improving your diet, maybe loose a few pounds, or get more toned. It may also be a good time to review Make Your Wishes Come True: How to Set and Achieve Your Goals.

If you are feeling particularly motivated, you might want to start right away with some activity. There are very often fun runs to ring in the New Year or ring out the old. Check your local newspaper for events close to home. Remember to bundle up for those chilly winter nights.

Best wishes for a magic holiday season and a healthy New Year. Keep running!

Yours in fitness and health,

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