Saturday, January 12, 2013
Pets help you tackle your effort to lose weight, reduce stress and other resolutions.
The Animal Welfare League of Arlington in Shirlington released the following note this week about how pets can help be a part of your new year’s resolution plan. “Resolving to adopt a shelter pet will not only improve the quality of life for that animal, but will also enhance your own,” according to the shelter. Read the full letter from the Animal Welfare League below: Lose Weight, Get Healthy: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pets can reduce blood pressure, cholesterol levels, triglyceride levels and feelings of loneliness. Nearly 13.6 percent of Arlingtonians are obese, compared to the 24 percent national average. Adopting a dog as a workout partner can provide that needed motivation for daily exercise. …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
The Arlington area is full of runners and running events to get in shape.
Running is an inexpensive and flexible way to keep a New Year's resolution to get more active or lose a few pounds. The Arlington area is lucky to have great outdoor running options and plenty of events to train toward if you need a deadline to help you meet your goal. The Mayo Clinic offers a free online training schedule developed by Olympian Jeff Galloway to get you 5K run ready in just seven weeks, even if you are a beginner. A 5K run is 3.1 miles. "Don't be daunted by the distance. A 5K run is a great distance for a beginner. And you can prepare for a 5K run in just two months," according to the Mayo Clinic website. With the training schedule in-hand, you can pick a local race seven or eight weeks in the future and start working …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
If you could make a New Year's resolution for Arlington County, what would it be?
More than 45 percent of Americans make a resolution every year, according to statisticbrain.com. Some people vow to live a healthier lifestyle, others promise to spend more time with family, and many say they will try to save money. What would you want to see improved in Arlington County? Tell us in the comments section below or write a blog post about it for Clarendon Patch or Arlington Patch.
A quick roundup of stories we ran in late December.
The holidays are over. It's a new year. Back to work. And what better way to start the day then by getting caught up on some of the news you may have missed thanks to all of the holiday cheer, holiday parties and holiday traveling? Here's a few stories Patch ran in late December — just in case you missed them:
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
These tools make it easy to keep track of progress and provide accountability to keep your New Year's Resolutions.
Some of the most common and traditional new year’s resolutions—losing weight, quitting smoking, getting those finances in order—are the most commonly broken. Keeping them may be a bit easier with some tech assistance. No matter what resolution you’re working toward achieving, it’s important to make your goals specific and realistic, set intermediate goals to reward yourself along the way, and have a strong support network of people who know about your resolution and can help you keep it, according to Active.com. Here are a few websites you might want to look into as you resolve to make yourself a better person in 2013: Stikk.com has you to sign a contract with yourself and designate a referee to verify your progress online toward your …