Give the Gift of Health

This year, give yourself a gift that truly gives back—a stronger, healthier you

December 10, 2012
Give the Gift of Health

The season of giving, joy and perpetual hope is upon us, and what an amazing time of year it is! While I cannot give each and every one of you a personal gift, what I do can offer is this advice: The very greatest gift that you’ll ever receive is the one that only you can give to yourself, and that’s better health.

So, among the hustle and bustle of shopping, wrapping presents, and visiting family and friends, do yourself a favor and take some time out to think about how you can be healthier as you enter into the New Year. Commit to putting your health first and getting into your greatest shape ever. Not only is this the greatest gift you will ever give yourself, but it’s also a blessing beyond words to all of the many people who love and care about you. By taking care of yourself, you are at your best to take care of your loved ones. Moreover, by doing what is necessary to be as healthy as you can be, you are encouraging those around you to do the same, whether you are aware of it or not.

Now, for most of you, this may involve only a few minor changes. For others, it may mean a complete lifestyle change, and that’s OK. Taking charge of your health is one of the most important decisions you can ever make. So go ahead and declare better health for yourself, because this year you’re going to commit to creating the very best version of you!

So, what exactly does this involve? Although it may vary from one person to another, here are some common areas you can start to improve upon:

Whether you workout at home or prefer your local gym, just move! A little exercise every day is better than none at all, so make time for some form of physical activity even on your busiest days. Find a time of day that will consistently work for you, and then schedule it as your get healthy time. Write it down, commit to the process, and make it happen!

Eat a balanced diet of protein, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats. For example, lean meat, grilled chicken, fish, brown rice, sweet potatoes, oatmeal, egg whites, leafy greens, yogurt, cottage cheese, whole-wheat bread, etc. There are so many ways to prepare your food in a healthy way that still tastes delicious, and if you’re stuck for ideas head on over to the Recipes section. There you’re sure to find delish, healthy dishes your taste buds (and waistline!) will love.

Stay strong as you enter into the New Year, and don’t allow this to be a one-week resolution that you quickly throw to the wayside. Some of you will be upping the ante of your current health regimen and others may be making a complete lifestyle change; either way, it’s the most important commitment you can ever make. Respect yourself and your body by sticking to your commitment. Take it one day at a time, and every morning before you head out the door remind yourself why you are doing this and what your plan is for the day. Look in the mirror and affirm that you are worth the effort!

Leave all excuses in 2012, and get ready to unwrap a brand new you in 2013.

Happy Wishes and Merry Blessings!