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Countdown to Thanksgiving Part 2: Mindful & Moving

Posted by Caroline Susie on Nov 24, 2015 9:04:35 AM

Get moving this Thanksgiving season to stay healthy.

Many traditions revolve around old family recipes, most of which might be considered on the unhealthy end of the nutrition spectrum. I’m not telling you to change great grandma’s pie recipe! But, be smart! Watch your portion sizes, eat your fruit and veggies, and MOVE.


To maintain your weight, you must exercise 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise.  

  • Moderate exercise: doubles tennis, walking, pushing a lawn mower, doing water aerobics
  • Vigorous exercise: running/jogging, singles tennis, fast cycling (hills or spin class), swimming laps, playing basketball
  • Don’t forget to incorporate muscle-strengthening activities twice a week! Work major muscle groups by doing push ups, sit ups, lunges, lifting weights, yoga, or using resistance bands
  • Something is ALWAYS better than nothing. If you only have ten minutes, make it count! Exercise always is a great way to manage stress (or your in-laws).  
  • Before your social calendar books up, pencil in that spin class! Hit the Katy Trail this weekend.  Exercise now, while you don’t have any reason not too.  

Be Mindful

The holidays can be stressful. You have family obligations, work, kiddos, oh and your significant other all demanding your time and attention. It is easy to get overwhelmed!  

  • Come up with a game plan.  
    • Keep a calendar with your family schedule
    • Come to events prepared (and maybe even armed with a healthy side dish!)
  • Remember the reason for the season
    • Insert a gratitude journal! Take a moment at the end of the day to jot down 3 things you are grateful for. Gratitude changes your attitude.  
  • Manage that stress
    • Exercise, go for a walk, take a yoga class, meditate; do whatever you need to do to keep yourself calm and centered.


Read this before starting your exercise program


Caroline_Susie_correctedCaroline Susie RD/LD
Manager Employee Wellness
Methodist Health System

Caroline manages the internal wellness program to improve the health of Methodist Health System’s employee and dependent population. A University of Oklahoma graduate, Caroline has 10 years experience as a registered and licensed dietitian. 


Topics: Events, Nutrition, Wellness

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