Ocsober 2014 is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever before. More and more people are signing up every day right across Australia. If you haven't joined already, you can sign up on the Ocsober website here.
While the excitement is definitely building, it's important to remember that giving anything up, especially alcohol, can be a challenge for some people. Habits after all, can be hard to break.
So, to help you get the most out of your Ocsober experience, we wanted to know how our Ocsober amabassadors plan on getting though the month without a drink. We asked them "What is your tip for getting through Ocsober?" Here's how they responded.
Dr Stephen Parnis
I think focusing on the positive aspects of staying away from alcohol. You can have a great time, feel better and enjoy life without any recourse to alcohol.
Keep busy. This is the most important way to get through Ocsober. By planning ahead for things to do – like going to the gym or getting a group together to do activities – it’s much easier to stay on track and not make silly mistakes.
Try doing it with mates so you can keep each other inspired. Start to really listen to your body. You’ll be feeling on top of the world in a flash, the body responds so fast to cutting out the booze. Knowing that in the big picture it’s simply one month of your life, you can totally do this! Most importantly, enjoy the journey.
A habit needs to be replaced with a habit. Since it’s all happening in October, what better way to start reinforcing that habit of health and fitness? Tidy up your diet and start getting some consistent exercise in. You will feel a million bucks for it!
Look at the day after the month as when you can have a glass of wine or one can of beer as a reward. Don’t see the whole journey as a punishment.
Keep busy. Get out and about. Exercise with long walks by the seaside or in local parks. Find a friend to join in the Ocsober challenge with you.
For more tips and advice from all the Ocsober ambassadors, please visit the official Ocsober website.
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