3 Ways to Give Yourself the Gift of Health

With so much talk of exciting presents, new gadgets and sale specials, it can be easy to forget that the best gifts don't always come in a package and sometimes aren't even from other people.

No matter what you want in the upcoming new year, having a strong foundation of overall physical and emotional well-being will help you get there. So, why not give yourself the gift of health this holiday season?

Here are 3 fun ways to treat yourself extra special this holiday season:

1. Healthy purchases

Do you love to buy yourself presents? There are many fun, educational, and useful products that could help you enjoy healthy activities. Books, workout DVDs, running shoes, organic food, and juicers are all great ways to splurge for yourself that support your health and wellness. So get yourself an exciting health-promoting present!

2. Healthy investments

Planning for the future is an important way to maintain good health in the long-term and to stay inspired to transform from the inside out. Getting a membership at a fitness center or signing up for a class will motivate and inspire you. Plus, it will not only help you build confidence and knowledge, but also motivate you to stick with your decision because you invested money!

3. Healthy commitment

Even if your finances are limited, there are still many exciting ways to invest in your health for free. Here is a simple 3-step exercise to establish your health goals and stay committed to achieving results:

  1. Write down 3 concrete goals for your health. Be specific: rather than saying that you plan to get more exercise or cook more, add a numerical value to each goal by committing to running a half-marathon or cooking at least 4 meals a week at home.
  2. Write down how you’ll reach them. Think practically about what you can begin doing right away to get on track. For the examples above, it might be to start jogging for 20 minutes a day, 4 days a week, or bookmarking recipe blogs and scheduling the days you’ll shop for ingredients and cook at home.
  3. Re-write your three goals again and again on several post-it notes and stick them in visible places in your home and office. This will serve as a constant reminder not to lose sight of your goal.

How will you give, or share, the gift of health this holiday season?