"The health of the people is really the foundation upon which all their happiness and all their powers as a state depend."
I would like to start this newsletter by
wishing everyone a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday. This is
the perfect time of year to enjoy the company of friends and family, and
to reflect on all of the things that we have to be thankful for. As
2010 winds down and we approach a new year, let's all spread some joy to
others. Whether you smile at a stranger or volunteer to help others who
are less fortunate, do something to help spread happiness and goodwill.
This month I'm sharing tips for kicking-off a
new workout routine. No need to wait for New Year's to get started! And
after you've broken a sweat, reward yourself with this month's recipe, a
yummy pear crumble dessert. It's a great addition to your Thanksgiving
feast that is low in calories but high in flavor. Enjoy!
Best in Health!
Motivation for getting out of bed and getting active!
exercise into your day can be a challenge, but given that it leads to a
healthier and happier you it's worth making exercise a priority. Plus,
exercising means allowing yourself to indulge from time to time without
the guilt! To get started, you have to get your butt out of bed in the
morning, which is the best time of day to workout. Exercising in the
morning means you can save your nights for relaxing, spending time with
family and friends or getting work done...no more excuses as to why you
can't get to the gym!
Of course, getting out of bed early
in the morning is not the easiest thing to do, especially as we head
into the winter months when it's cold and dark outside. But seeing
results is surely a motivator, and here are a few tips to get you out of
bed and break a sweat:
- Start on Monday.
A great way to start your week and get into your routine is kicking off
first thing on a Monday morning. This will set the tone for the week
and encourage you to get up the remaining mornings.
- Get a workout buddy.
When I first started working out in the mornings, I coordinated with a
friend to meet for our daily spinning class. When my alarm went off, I
had moments of wanting to stay in bed but knew I didn't want to let down
my friend. Find a friend or workout partner to help hold you
accountable and be a motivator.
- Bribe yourself out of bed.
Yes, there are days we all need an extra push to get out of bed. I have
bribed myself with some of my favorite things, whether it is a glass of
red wine that night with dinner, or buying a new sports bra after
completing a full week at the gym. Tell yourself whatever works for you
to get moving.
- Turn on a light.
As soon as my alarm clock goes off, I immediately turn on a light in my
bedroom. This helps me to wake up and prevents me from getting back
into bed. Some alarm clocks even have a light functionality that turns
on when the alarm goes off. Here is an example of an alarm clock with the gradual lighting effect
What are your tips and motivators for getting out of bed and exercising in the morning?
Recipe of the Month:
Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Yield: 14 servings
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup whole-wheat or all-purpose flour
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
5 tablespoons canola oil
3 1/2 pounds ripe but firm Anjou pears, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 cup raisins
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons minced crystallized ginger
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
To prepare topping: Combine
oats, walnuts, brown sugar, flour and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Drizzle
with oil and stir until evenly moist.
To prepare filling: Combine
pears, maple syrup, raisins, flour, lemon juice and ginger in a large
bowl and mix well. Transfer the mixture to a 9-by-13-inch baking dish.
Sprinkle the topping over the pears.
Bake the crumble until the
pears are tender and the topping is golden, 45 to 50 minutes. Let stand
for at least 10 minutes before serving.
Tip: Prepare the topping
(Step 2) and filling (Step 3), cover and refrigerate separately for up
to 1 day. Bring to room temperature before assembling and baking.
via of Eatingwell.com
In the News...
to help ensure you have a healthy holiday and not pack on excess pounds
this year? Check out the infographic from the folks at Smooth Fitness.
It outlines calories by dish and how much physical activity you will
need to do to burn off those extra calories. A great visual guide to
help you enjoy your meal without packing on excess weight.
than highlight one particular organization that you might want to
support this month, here are several tips on how you can give back this
Thanksgiving holiday. Whether you donate money, time, or canned goods,
there is something here for all of us.
Inquire with your local
churches, synagogues and community centers regarding food shortages.
Some commonly needed items are:
Donate a few frozen turkeys or hams.
Donate bags of potatoes,
stuffing mix, and ingredients for pies that can be used for families to
create their own meals.
Donate canned goods such as vegetables and soups to your local food kitchens.
Volunteer to make or deliver a hot meal to a family in need.
Provide a gift certificate from a
local supermarket to a shelter that it can use to purchase food.
Donate to a Meals-on-Wheels program in your area. This organization delivers meals to the elderly and those who cannot leave their homes.
- Get your butt out of bed and start your morning workout routine this week!
- If you have the
means, please give this holiday season and help the elderly, sick or
families who are less fortunate enjoy a hot meal.
- Check out the DietsinReview.com blog for the latest in health and fitness.
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