Ok guys and girls, here is the second topic I hinted at during my previous posting on what to write about during the fall, and it’s a doozy! Fitness and the holidays, a topic that strikes fear into the heart of millions.
Hide the kids, put away the pets, and lock the doors, because the dreaded monster topic is here. Yes, I jest but many of us (me included) don’t even want to think about trying to maintain my healthy lifestyle during this season, much less read a blog post about it.
Nevertheless, and without further ado…Here it is, and I hope that you get a small amount of entertainment from reading my thoughts below.
Fitness, Holidays – Say What?
All kidding aside folks, it is important to TRY to maintain your healthy habits during this festive season.
Studies have shown that 30% of all diets are permanently laid to rest during the months of November and December, and even worse, those that stop their healthy eating habits during this time of year are twice as likely to carry the bad habits throughout the entire following year!
Think about that fact for a second. 30% of people on diets have worked their behind off all year, only to throw in the towel in the last 2 remaining months of the year. This would be like purposefully not picking the last two winning numbers of the lottery!
As you read this, you are right at the gate of the upcoming season, and I urge you to take a stance right now. You CAN stay healthy during the holidays, and you WILL make the effort to continue to maintain your fitness this year.
If you need any extra motivation, just remember, the summer (bathing suit season) is only 6 months away!
Tips for a Healthy Holiday Season
Maintaining your fitness during the holiday season isn’t an impossible task. Most people tend to go into the holidays with the best intentions, but give up completely if they feel that have let themselves down by one or two cheat dinners. By following just a few simple guidelines, everyone should be able to celebrate this awesome time of year.
Eat What You Want but Eat Less
I have found that it is much easier if we all accept that we will be eating foods that are outside of our plan. With this acceptance and the understanding that we can sparingly enjoy the foods of the season, it makes the task much less daunting.
Remain Active During the Holidays
This is important, and hard to do. If you are like me then you spend a lot of your holiday season driving to multiple family gatherings to celebrate the holidays. This makes it very hard to stay focused on your fitness routine.
Try forcing yourself to go for a walk or light jog at least twice a week. This won’t do much for increasing your fitness level, but it will help you maintain your current progress.
You can also get the whole family involved by going on a group walk after your meal. One of the things I like best about this season is the amazing weather, and the scenery is perfect for a post meal walk.
Don’t Give Up on Yourself
No matter what, you should NEVER, EVER give up on the goals you have set for your health and wellness. Real-life happens, and we all stumble. Continue to get back up, brush yourself off, and go back to working on being the person you deserve to be!
Until next time, Happy Holidays, and stay healthy!