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Thinking Ahead

Well – just finished a gym workout session and I may take a break over the Christmas festive season – but just because I will not work out at the gym it doesn’t mean I won’t do some form of exercising.

My husband has actually given me a Wii for Christmas but I had to know about it. It is a bit difficult for some people to keep a secret. I am thinking ahead – I think I might use that for my exercise for the holiday period. It should be a lot of fun. I bet the kids will show me a thing or two.

The problem that a lot of us face, over the holidays , is the amount of eating and drinking we seem to indulge in. Yes, I am guilty too – we catch up with friends and family and what do we do? We tend to eat, drink and talk and not a lot of time left for the exercise regime. We exercise the facial muscles but not much more.

Over the years I have developed a few tricks. I am very selective about what I will have to eat if I am just catching up with friends – nothing that is greasy. Try sticking to just one drink and heaps of water. I even take a plate that I know has healthy options for me. I like carrot and celery sticks. I try and avoid potato chips because they are very moreish and it is difficult to stop at just a few.

What ever you do this year – enjoy! Remember we can all start thinking ahead for the New Year’s resolutions, regarding a healthy living or lifestyle change – but if you make a resolution – stick to it for more than a day or a week!!!

Health Activities That Will Help Reduce Stress

Some people who suffer from stress find it almost impossible to find an outlet to relieve it. The majority of stressed people do not realize that by doing some fun activities, they may be able to reduce their stress levels. Stress can be as a result of your career or a social or personal pressure.

Therapists all around the world agree that certain activities, when done on a regular basis, will help reduce the stress levels. These activities include games, sports and art. These activities can have a great affect on a stressed persons physical and behavioral problems.

Mind games

Stress as we all know, will affect the mental functions of the person. It is important to get people to focus on positive thoughts and not allow themselves to dwell on the negative ones. Mind games allow the person an alternative to reduce their stress levels. This is done by diverting your thought pattern to something more productive. Therapists encourage suffers of stress to tackle crosswords and sudoko to help cope with their stress.

If you are a member of a stress management clinic, these games will definitely be part of your treatment and you may also be introduced to Scrabble and Bridge. If you are not part of a clinic, and you have no plans of visiting one, you can incorporate these games into your daily activity because they will divert your mind some diversion from your problems.


Playing sports is a great way to relieve stress. The physical exercise that your body needs to balance biological and muscular functions can rejuvenate those muscles that are tight due to the effects of stress. People who play sports find that they can help alleviate some emotional problems like anxiety, depression, and anger.

Some people become involved in team sports and this also provides the socializing side as well as the exercise. People feel part of this group and this can have a positive effect.


Some people prefer to do individual exercises like joining a gym and working out. They may hire a personal trainer to help keep them focused and on track. Strenuous activities can develop your muscles and this allows your body’s to better cope with the stress. While you are exercising, the body will release chemicals and hormones that are beneficial to your physiological well-being.

Always be aware that if you are going to work out at the gym, make sure you consider your diet also.

Include fresh fruits and vegetables as these are necessary to improve your digestion and supplies the body with the required nutrients it needs. Red lean meat can give your muscles proteins that will strengthen muscle tissues for added flexibility.

Combining mental activities and physical exercise and having a balanced diet can help a person avoid the signs and symptoms of stress. People who do this will find their stress will vanish.

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.


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