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Happy, healthy holidays

PaulaBy Paula Bowers-Sanchez

Within the spirit of the holidays and the end of the year, we can focus on being thankful, giving good cheer and wishing for a bright future in the coming year of 2014.

This also applies to our health, fitness and wellness.

You don’t have to wait for the New Year to make a resolution to get fit and eat well. It only takes a few days to begin a smart and balanced routine and get your body moving. It does require making a commitment and sticking to it. Yes, I know at times it can be hard, but once you experience success, you will be hooked.

Remember, it’s OK to start off with small steps, working toward your ultimate goal. Sometimes a goal too large can overwhelm you and make you feel like quitting.

Most doctors recommend at least 30 minutes to an hour of activity at least three days a week. Whether you hit the gym, go for a walk, ride a bike or climb the stairs, find a physical activity that keeps your interest – something you enjoy doing.

So get on it. Develop an overview of where you are in regards to your health, complete your blood work and physicals, and create a plan to get where you want – or need – to be.

Always stay hydrated, control the portions on your plate, get plenty of sleep (which does seem impossible sometimes), maintain a positive attitude and get moving at least three or more days a week.

Basically, what I am saying is stay happy, stay healthy, enjoy life and have a safe and Happy New Year.