Olympic figure skating champion Peggy Fleming has teamed up with a company called Health Saver. Below Peggy Fleming and Health Saver offer some practical tips for getting a grip on stress and for getting back on a healty lifestyle track if you have veered off a little.
Peggy Fleming says, “Plan a ‘self make-over’ for better health, improved fitness, less stress and more time for yourself to reach your goal and achieve significant success in 2008. To lose weight, incorporate physical activity into your daily routine and establish a smart diet. A balance between calories consumed and calories burned will leave you looking and feeling your best.”
Get a Grip on Stress
their lives, according to the American Psychological Association.
Vow today to conquer stressful situations with a renewed ability to
example, if your five o’clock errands leave you feeling overwhelmed,
avoid the late afternoon bustle by tackling errands during your lunch
Instead, spend your energy on changes you can make.
money woes mean no annual beach vacation, embrace vacation as a time
to spend with your family rather than a time to get away.
Take hold of your health by adopting effective stress prevention
practices. Listen to music, read an article or take a quick walk —
physically active people tend to have less anxiety.
carve out time to do something for yourself, you’ll have a better
attitude about meeting your daily responsibilities. Time for
yourself is necessary, even if the things you do during this time are
seen as “less pressing” than other duties.
familiar with, learn to be more efficient with your time. A To Do
list is an easy way to simplify your life. Equipped with a plan,
you’ll feel more in control.
tasks when your energy is at its peak. If you keep delaying the
dreaded garage clean-up, force yourself to organize the garage for 10
minutes. You may find that once you’ve started, you’re on a roll.
attic leak” on your To Do list can be a bit intimidating. Instead,
write “(1) Call plumber, (2) allocate money within budget” and so on.
responsibilities, consider what you will or will not gain from the
extra task. If you want to spend more time with your family in 2008,
politely decline invitations that keep you from reaching that goal.
Get Back on Track
have gotten away from you last year. Keep muscles strong now and
you’re more likely to live longer and stay sharp in your later years.
also increase your ability to fight depression.
do not participate in the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity
five or more days a week, putting them at greater risk for cancer,
diabetes and stroke. Squeeze in your 30 minutes of exercise in three
10-minute intervals throughout the day.
risk for high blood pressure. Vow to adopt a well-balanced diet with
maximum nutrients for your calorie intake.
35 percent. Fill your plate with more vegetables than meats and
carbohydrates. Then, each week, make a small change, such as
switching from soda to water or trading cookies for fruit as an
your stomach is full. To avoid binge eating, eat before you get too
foods that contain more than 20 percent of your daily fat intake.
Also use a grocery list — and stick to it — to avoid the impulse
buys that may add empty calories to your diet.
rule No. 1: Eat your fruits and vegetables. The more fruits and
vegetables you eat per day, the less likely you are to develop