1. Commit to make physical activity a part of your regular daily routine – Avoid inactivity and make a conscious effort to move more, i.e.: park further out in the grocery store parking lot, take the stairs, stretch daily. Consult with your doctor and stay within your physical limitations. Over time you will see improvement and possibly be able to add more to your routine, like strength training with hand held weights or elastic bands.
2. Commit to make healthier food choices daily – Think about what you put in your mouth on a daily basis. I’ll admit, I love to eat but I know I can’t eat donuts EVERY day! We sacrifice a lot as military members – separation from family, combat deployments, etc. So we may feel entitled to treating ourselves and overindulging. You can treat yourself, you deserve it just remember – Everything in moderation!
3. Commit to your overall spiritual health – In short, spirituality means an inner belief system providing an individual with meaning and purpose in life. It’s about the state of your inner spirit, your mindset. Be conscious of what you “feed” your mind and make a daily effort to think positive thoughts, read positive words and speak affirmations about yourself. How you feel inside affects your overall health.
The Veterans Administration understands the life changes that occur in transition and developed a program to help Veterans incorporate physical activity into their life after military service. The VA program MOVE!® is a national weight management program designed by the VA National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (NCP), a part of the Office of Patient Care Services, to help Veterans lose weight, keep it off and improve their health.
This is a program available to you to help with your New Year’s goal of losing those stubborn pounds. Take an active role in your health treatment plan and have a discussion with your VA Primary Care Provider about incorporating MOVE!® into your health care plan.
Happy New Year, High-Speed! Now get out there and move your a$$, get off your butt, or shake your tail feathers! Whatever you call it make sure you MOVE!®