Round 2: Submit Results Now
Monday, January 22 - Sunday, February 4
Deadline for submitting results: Monday, February 12.
What is Moderation?
Moderation is actually hard to define because it is truly an individual’s interpretation. Everyone’s middle ground is different from one another. However, moderation is simply the avoidance of excess or extreme behaviors. Moderation can be a useful strategy for many things in life. With the Get Moving Challenge we encourage you to find a way to incorporate moderation into a number of things, such as diet and exercise.
Moderation in your diet
As mentioned in the paragraph above, moderation is up for individual interpretation and so is your diet. Eating a moderate and varied diet can help with weight loss, weight control, and help you stay healthy. Guidelines can help you take in a reasonable amount of food-you just need to pay attention to them. Also, paying attention to how hungry you are before and after eating a small amount of food can help you gauge how much you should be eating. If you tend to overeat, keeping a food diary is a proven strategy that helps the paying attention to these internal cues much simpler to do and will help you see where moderation is needed.
Moderation with exercise
When it comes to exercise, we each determine what we can or cannot do, and how hard we push ourselves. Some follow the all-or-nothing principle, believing that if exercise is going to be good for you it has to be hard, perhaps painful. This is a myth and far from the truth. In the 1990s, a shift occurred with exercise recommendations, as experts began to recognize the healthy benefits of “moderate-intensity” activity. Relax your thinking and develop a workout plan that you enjoy and can be realistically maintained. After all, if you enjoy an experience-such as exercise-you are more likely to want to repeat it.