For most people, the holiday season is not only a time of indulgence, but also a time of slacking on the exercise front. In order to help keep the holidays healthy and enjoyable, Runner’s World came up with the Holiday Running Streak, inviting anyone to join in on running at least 1 mile every day between Thanksgiving and New Years Day. The purpose of this is to make sure we are active every day. And most days that mile turns into a little bit more than a mile, whether its running or walking or lifting weights with it.
This is the 3rd year of the running streak challenge and you can join in by heading over and making a comment on the article, and also follow along on Twitter using the hashtag #RWRunStreak.
Now I know everyone isn’t a runner, and running even a mile every day is something some people just aren’t interested in. But I think having a goal to do something every day through the holidays is great. For some people it will be walking, for others drinking 60 oz of water. Maybe some people would like to make a goal to stretch each morning or eat 3 servings of vegetables each day. Whatever it is…decide and start TODAY! The holidays are meant to be enjoyed, so let’s do it in a healthy way!
Here is a quick way to get active on Thanksgiving morning in case you didn’t sign up for a local turkey trot! Just try to do something – you’re body will thank you later!
This shows the length of time, the speed and the incline level. Listen to your body and do what is best. Repeat as many times as you’d like!
*Bonus: Pick someone or something you are grateful for to think of during each set of walking or running – it passes the time and keeps you counting your blessings and not the minutes
This Thanksgiving I’m especially grateful for Mr. Parry, a wonderful family, a warm home to live in, an almost finished college education, a body that can heal, my favorite Hungarian missionary, exercise and laughing every day. I hope you take some time to count your blessings this week. Have a wonderful holiday!
With the holiday season often comes a season of colds and sicknesses being passed around. It’s just what happens when a lot of time is spent with family and friends. But today I have some immune boosting foods to help fight off that sickness that could keep you home instead of out enjoying the season – and we all want that!
1. Yogurt – We’ve heard it before and it is still true – yogurt is full of probiotics that are so essential for our bodies and digestive system. These probiotics help keep the good bacteria in the gut and the bad away. Yes please!
2. Oats & Barley – Some studies show that oats and barley help boost the immune system and speed up healing. Try some oatmeal in the morning or this barley stew!
3. Sweet Potatoes – You may not think of this, but your skin is an important part in fighting off disease. It’s the first place a disease or sickness can enter your body! So to keep your skin healthy and strong you need vitamin A…and sweet potatoes are the perfect place to get that!
4. Garlic - As an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-bacterial, garlic is a powerful opponent of just about everything. Chop it up and sauté with vegetables, meat, or beans.
5. Grapefruit – This fruit is a great source of vitamin C and is packed with flavonoids — natural chemical compounds that have been found to increase immune system activation.
6. Broccoli – My favorite! It’s an immune-boosting basic. One study reported a chemical in broccoli helped stimulate the immune systems of mice. Plus, it’s full of nutrients that protect your body from damage. It has vitamins A, vitamin C, and glutathione.
7. Honey - Honey’s anti-bacterial properties and antioxidants make it a powerful immunity booster. Drizzle some on multigrain toast, oatmeal, or plain yogurt. Stir into lemon tea to soothe sore throats and improve digestion.
8. Water - Hydration is important for health at any level. But it does an especially good job of flushing out toxins and thinning out mucus. Sometimes it is hard to drink enough water when the weather is cold…but don’t let it stop you!
9. Almonds – These nuts are high in vitamin E, which can ward off upper-respiratory infections, and they are great at boosting energy as well.
What will you be eating this season to stay healthy?