Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Healthy Holiday Habits

My wife and I just returned from visiting her family in Indianapolis for a brief but needed Thanksgiving vacation. We had a marvelous time and managed to keep things sane. Her family is wonderful hospitality and her mother in particular is such a welcoming woman. One thing I appreciate about my mother-in-law's hospitality is her health-conscious cooking. She truly takes homemaking and mothering as a professional job, and it's one she has mastered. Stewarding fresh veggies and whole grains, she crafts excellent cuisine that is simple, fresh, and wholesome.

Although her approach to cooking includes adjectives that could-I should say
ought to- be descriptors of our life in general I think life often isn't so. I wonder if many athletes and the sedative lot as a whole wish that Christmas season had a bit more love and joy and less havoc and mayhem.

The ladies (and a guy) that I work with at the Y are a joyful bunch to say the least. While they already incorporate many healthy lifestyle traits into their daily grind, I decided to submit a bit of a challenge to them. I made a charge for Healthy Holiday Habits (H3). Below is a description and outline for the process. If you are interested in joining the challenge-IT'S FREE, and you can email me to join.

Although the winter holiday season is one of the craziest times of year for many Americans, Paul McCartney coined it as "simply happy, wonderful time of year" in his Wonderful Christmastime song. Many people have a hard time seeing it as so.

In our goal to maintaining healthy 'Spirit, Mind and Body for all' at the Y, we are going to have a friendly competition. Healthy Holiday Habits (H3) is going to be our charge for the weeks of December 1st to January 1st.

Our goal is not quantitative per se, so don't go jumping on your scale or measuring your waist-line. Our goal is balanced life-filled with healthy eating, healthy exercise, and low-stress, energy producing activities!

On a weekly basis you will tabulate your points total using the list of included activities below, and submit them to me at A total points list will be kept in the aquatics area with everyone's running totals-names will be secret names! Have fun, be healthy, and enjoy the Season!

  1. Attend Holidazzle Parade (7 points), if you bring a friend with (10 points)
  2. Park at the back of the parking lot when grocery shopping (1 point)
  3. Attend Water X! (5 points)
  4. Attend a Group Fitness Class other than Water X (4 points)
  5. Eat all 3-5 recommended servings of veggies in one day-points can be each day [1]you meet this goal (2 points)
  6. Exercise for at least 1 hour (3 points)
  7. Take the bus instead of driving (1 point)
  8. Call a family member you don't talk to often, and have a meaningful conversation (3 points)
  9. Abstain from alcohol for 2 consecutive days (1 point)
  10. Abstain from eating sweets 2 consecutive days (2 points)
  11. Drink 2 liters of water-each day counts as completion (2 points)
  12. Get someone to exercise with you for 30 minutes or more (3 points)
  13. Bring a homemade lunch to work instead of eating out (2 points)
  14. Go XC skiing (8 points), if you bring a friend with you (12 points)
  15. Attend a holiday concert with a friend or family member (5 points)
  16. Exercise at the YMCA on a Saturday or Sunday (3 points)

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