STAYING FIT AND HEALTHY DURING THE HOLIDAYS

With the holidays coming up, the highlight for many people during this season is gathering with family and friends and enjoying favorite holiday treats. Here are some tips that will help you enjoy your holidays to the fullest while not increasing your waistline.

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MAKING AND KEEPING NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS

Only 8 percent of individuals achieved their resolutions in 2016, according to Statistic Brain. This is likely due to most people having unrealistic expectations about the speed, ease and consequences of the resolutions they make. People attempting self-change rarely succeed the first time; most need five or six attempts, according to a paper published in American Psychologist by Janet Polivy and Peter Herman. The authors suggest false hope syndrome is the cause for failure.

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HEALTHY HOLIDAY OPTIONS

The holidays are a wonderful time to gather with family and friends to celebrate. These celebrations often consist of many delicious treats and hardy meals. You can still maintain a healthy diet with a little thought and planning in advance. Research from a recent Web-based survey found 18 percent of people feel they cannot eat healthily during the holidays because they don’t want to miss out on their favorite foods. You can still eat the foods you enjoy this season, just in moderation.

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Spring is finally here. It is the perfect time to jump start a running program. The weather will be getting warmer so it is a wonderful time to get outdoors and take a run. Half- marathon training programs are great for runners who have had a long time off or new runners. It is a reasonable and manageable distance to train for; it is only 13.1 miles. However, it is important to train beforehand so your body can build endurance and you will be prepared for your race.


There are tons of training programs for preparing for a half marathon available on the Internet, so it is important to find one that is individualized to your needs. It takes about 12 weeks to get into half-marathon shape, so look for a plan you want to commit to for an extended period of time. First, decide how many days you want to run. Some training programs require running three days a week, while others require five days. Always keep in mind when you start running you don’t have to run the entire time. If you are a new runner, it is probably best to do intervals of walking and running. This can help you reach your targeted distance without getting too tired early on. Another great thing about half-marathon training programs is they really fit a healthy, active lifestyle. There are a few days of running, a few days of cross training and rest days in between. It is the perfect combination of physical activity to get you in shape.


Everyone has a different goal when training for a half marathon.

A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO TRAINING FOR A HALF MARATHON

TANIQUA WARD, M.S.

TaNiqua Ward is a staff writer for Health & Wellness magazine.

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Many experienced runners want to hit a personal record time. “Goal times are a very individual thing and will depend on the condition of the runner, running conditions on race day, training, proper hydration and experience,” said Bob Baney, owner of Lexington, Ky., Race Rise. “It is hard to say what a good time is. It is really an individual thing.”


On the other hand, some novice runners are just happy to complete the half marathon. One of the best things about running is you don’t have to compete against others; you can compete against yourself, trying to go a little farther, a little faster each time you head out. It’s all about being better than you used to be, and for some people, that is a profound accomplishment.


Your training program is a roadmap to help you achieve your goals in a healthy way. Your training program will help you build up your time, endur- ance and distance to help you finish the race. It’s time to the hit the road.

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