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Dr. Kerry Stewart
Healthy Holidays

The Holiday Season: A Time to Think About Time
by Kerry Stewart

The holiday season is a time for joy, a time to connect with family, friends, and community, and a time for a renewal of spirit.

If you noticed, I just used the word "time" three times. Though I could have said "occasion," which has the same meaning as "time" when talking about the holiday season, I said "time" because I want to talk about another aspect of "time" that affects many people in a less beneficial way.

Because of all of the activities happening during the holidays, some people get so busy and frazzled with parties, shopping, house guests, food preparation, family dinners, and travel that their schedules make it hard to stick to the basics of staying healthy. In other words, this "time" of the year often leaves little "time" for you.

And, unfortunately, one of the healthiest things that you may (or may not) do for yourself, and which often suffers due to limited "time" during the holidays, is exercise.

If you are not already a regular exerciser, okay — now might not be the best time to start. Launching an exercise program will be the topic of another blog, and a few more weeks out of a lifetime of physical inactivity is not going to matter that much.

In fact, if you're not currently exercising, it might be better to put your efforts into avoiding the typical 2- to 3-pound holiday weight gain. Because, if you're like many, you could hang onto those extra pounds until next year, when you might then add a few more — and before you know it, you'll have a weight problem.

But for those of you who are regular exercisers, please don't stop now, with the treacherous thought that you will start again next year. By stopping your workouts, you face the possibility that all of your hard work will be quickly lost. And getting started again can be hard, even if you were good at staying active before the holidays.

In fact, making your exercise routine a high priority during the holidays is one of the best ways to deal with all of the things that are conspiring to create limited "time." One of the great things about exercise is that it can provide structure to your day so you can better deal with the stressful parts of the holidays. Sticking with your exercise routine will not only allow you to maintain fitness benefits, but will also help you avoid weight gain.

So while you are thinking about the "time" demands of the holidays, think of the "time" you set aside for exercise as a gift — a gift to yourself.

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