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Maintaining Your Weight Over The Holidays (Part 2)

Posted: December 10, 2015

Last week we looked at the importance of keeping up your exercise routine over the holidays. We also looked at some strategies about how to keep those calories burning. This week I’d like to spend a few moments on the other side of the equation and cover how to eat right over the holidays!

The first thing to realize is that we’re probably going to overeat. Many health and fitness experts used to assume the average holiday weight gain was around five pounds. But this was really more anecdotal than anything else. Some new research indicates that it might not be as bad as we originally thought. 

According to these studies, the average weight gain for adults now appears to be only one or two pounds during the holiday season. If you’re active and near your ideal weight, that’s pretty easy to deal with. Unfortunately, the research also indicates that if you’re already overweight, you stand a good chance of gaining that five pounds. And those pounds usually don’t come right back off. 


Oaths that Matter.

Posted: December 03, 2015

In our lives we’ll encounter a variety of oaths. I’ve spoken one for over 30 years which reads as follows: “Sir (Ma’am), I will practice in the spirit of Taekwondo; with Courtesy for fellow students; Loyalty for my instructor (s); and Respect for my juniors and seniors, Sir (Ma’am)!” That statement is what we call the Songahm Spirit of Taekwondo, a special oath recited by students in our ATA martial arts program. Actually, it’s just the first half, recited in unison before class begins. 

The second half is said at the end of class and goes like this: “Sir (Ma’am), I shall live with Perseverance in the spirit of Taekwondo; having Honor with others; Integrity within myself; and Self Control in my actions, Sir (Ma’am)!”

ATA stands for the American Taekwondo Association, which is the largest centrally administered martial arts organization in the world. There are hundreds of thousands of ATA students around the world, in something over 2,000 different schools or training academies. At the start and end of every class, students recite the oath. 


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