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    UPDATE: Search for suspects in Beckley shooting continues

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 6:38 PM EDT2014-08-27 22:38:57 GMT
    Three people are in the hospital Tuesday night after a shooting along Antonio Avenue in Beckley.Police said around 5 PM two men rushed up to a basketball game on a court near an apartment complex and started firing guns.Three men suffered injuries as a result.The three men were taken to a nearby hospital.Detective Morgan Bragg with Beckley Police said one man was in surgery around 6 PM Tuesday night.The other two men were in stable condition. Surveillance video from a camera near the basketba...
    Three people are in the hospital Tuesday night after a shooting along Antonio Avenue in Beckley.Police said around 5 PM two men rushed up to a basketball game on a court near an apartment complex and started firing guns.Three men suffered injuries as a result.The three men were taken to a nearby hospital.Detective Morgan Bragg with Beckley Police said one man was in surgery around 6 PM Tuesday night.The other two men were in stable condition. Surveillance video from a camera near the basketba...
  • 3rd annual Everett Lilly Memorial Festival to come to Raleigh County

    3rd annual Everett Lilly Memorial Festival to come to Raleigh County

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 6:22 PM EDT2014-08-27 22:22:37 GMT
    The 3rd annual Everett Lilly Memorial Festival is coming soon.You can celebrate the life of one of the forefathers of bluegrass music,while enjoying the live performances by The Lilly Mountaineers,Johnny Cochran, Idletymes and much more.
    The 3rd annual Everett Lilly Memorial Festival is coming soon.You can celebrate the life of one of the forefathers of bluegrass music,while enjoying the live performances by The Lilly Mountaineers,Johnny Cochran, Idletymes and much more.
  • UPDATE: Residents Without A Home Following Fire

    UPDATE: Residents Without A Home Following Fire

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 6:19 PM EDT2014-08-27 22:19:23 GMT
    Residents in a Shady Spring home are displaced after a fire burnt down their home on Tuesday evening.
    Residents in a Shady Spring home are displaced after a fire burnt down their home on Tuesday evening.
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  • Advances in technology can be both hazardous, helpful to your health

    Advances in technology can be both hazardous, helpful to your health

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 12:50 PM EDT2014-08-27 16:50:48 GMT
    “Sometimes I think I spend 80 percent of my time undoing what other people tell my patients,” Dr. Bob groaned after I recently asked him if I should increase my daily intake of a certain medicine now in my daily regime.
    “Sometimes I think I spend 80 percent of my time undoing what other people tell my patients,” Dr. Bob groaned after I recently asked him if I should increase my daily intake of a certain medicine now in my daily regime.
  • Understanding the quiet man behind the manic genius

    Understanding the quiet man behind the manic genius

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 6:00 AM EDT2014-08-26 10:00:18 GMT
    I met Robin Williams 32 years ago at a bar in Italy. He must have been about 31 and had lived almost half of his life, although we didn't know it at the time.I was sitting at the bar with my ex-husband.
    I met Robin Williams 32 years ago at a bar in Italy. He must have been about 31 and had lived almost half of his life, although we didn't know it at the time.I was sitting at the bar with my ex-husband.
  • Can creative nonfiction save newspapers?

    Can creative nonfiction save newspapers?

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 6:00 AM EDT2014-08-26 10:00:18 GMT
    Journalists give the essence of the story in the clothesline lead. They have been taught to begin a news story by telling the reader who, what, where, when, why and how. Any good journalist knows what the inverted pyramid is.
    Journalists give the essence of the story in the clothesline lead. They have been taught to begin a news story by telling the reader who, what, where, when, why and how. Any good journalist knows what the inverted pyramid is.

Cindy Boggs is an American Council on Exercise-certified fitness professional, corporate wellness presenter and author of the award winning book, CindySays … "You Can Find Health in Your Hectic World." Her web site is www.cindysays.com.

Ever stop to wonder why January makes you sit up and take notice of your health despite the fact you hadn't given it a thought since who knows when? Well, no worries — we can all relate to this very human behavior. Remember in college pulling all-nighters before a test? Sure you do. It's just our nature not to worry until we are face-to-face with reality, and reality is never more real than at the start of a new year. That's when we are all surrounded by those who are making it known that THIS YEAR is going to be the year for health.

So, we begin a quest to eat less, move more and finally be in charge of our destiny. Great plan, and this year you pledge an eternal commitment toward a better you. 

But then there are the holidays

Why must the time we are all shored up and dedicated collide with the time when everyone invites us to the best parties overflowing with great food, friends and legal beverages? It's not right, but like clockwork, it happens every year. 

As December unfolds, we find ourselves shopping, baking, working and celebrating by day but later, the nightly scolding for our digressions begins. We decide it's just too difficult to be good during this time of the year so we cave and figure we'll be better later. 

What if …

What if it didn't have to be impossible? What if we didn't have to make Herculean health efforts? Hmmm — maybe that could work! Below are some more December-acceptable ways and tips to help you hang in there until the New Year. 

Random acts of fitness

 

  • Realize you need to balance the good with the bad and therefore track your efforts. Do something good each day. Put athletic clothes on and start moving, even if it is only for 10 minutes. You'll be surprised how once you put your body in motion, how easy it is to be active for at least 30 minutes.
  • Enter each day mindful of all the temptations you will face. Plan to stay ahead of them. Walk in the morning, at lunch or after work.
  • Here comes the random … just do it! Do 25 push-ups, squats or lunges.
  • Household chores — transform work around the house into an epic challenge. Use a stopwatch to time mundane chores and make them work for you for a change.
  • Let stairs be a gift to you. Greet them with a smile and imagine a fabulous prize at the top. You know you can conquer those steps. Count them out loud and check the box for today's activity.
  • Remember you carry all you need to work out with you every moment of the day. It's called body weight exercise. Planks, squats, plyometric movement and pull-ups are the most effective exercises you can ever do. Five minutes here and there in a busy day will make all the difference. 

 

When all is said and done, if you just focus on half of these over the course of December, you will be ahead of the game. It's up to you to get a healthy jump on the New Year and it's an easier battle to win than you imagine … so just do it!