By Karen Trom from the December 2011 Edition
How NOT to be Santa this Christmas
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, and the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath. He had a broad face and a little round belly, that shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.
—excerpt from CLEMENT CLARKE MOORE,
Twas the Night Before Christmas
Being called Santa is generally a good thing. He’s loved by children all over the world, songs and books are written about him, many of us have Santa decorations in our homes, and he works really hard just one day out of the year. But…Santa could use some advice about his health if he is going to continue delivering toys. If you are the one delivering the goods at your house, you will want to pay attention as well.
1- Lose the pipe and all other tobacco products. Smoking and tobacco use are the number one causes of disease and premature death in the United States. Your family needs you to be around for many more holidays. It’s time to kick the habit.
2- A round belly that shakes like a bowl full of jelly is a nice rhyme, but it can be detrimental to your well being. Deep belly fat is especially dangerous and can lead to liver problems, insulin resistance, and heart attacks.
While the holiday season might not be the ideal time to change your habits, it is a great time to reflect. Look at how many people love you and depend on you. Enjoy the fun times with your friends and family. What would Christmas be like for them if you weren’t there or were physically unable to participate in the festivities?
You are never too old (or too young) to start taking care of yourself. Get enough sleep, don’t overeat, watch your alcohol, and move around to burn off some of those extra calories you are bound to take in. Your goal should be 30 minutes of exercise a day above and beyond your usual activities.
You can run, walk, bowl, dance, golf – anything that gets your heart pumping!