Fitness and Holidays, An Irony for Sure

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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?

burnyourdoughnut say whatAll 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 Holidayshealthy 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!

13 Comments

  1. I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you create this website yourself? Plz reply back as I’m looking to create my own blog and would like to know wheere u got this from. thanks

  2. The topic sure is true. Your fitness will be ruin on holidays because of so many festive foods. Just try not to eat a lot everyday. I bet you wont disappoint your body and you will stay fit always.

  3. I can so relate to this. When Christmas comes, my diet practically becomes nonexistent because I get invited to a lot of Xmas parties and it’s so hard to say no to all those delicious food.

  4. Good write up on the tips to stay healthy during holiday season. I know i will practice all these so all the hard work from early this year will pay off! And a bit of walking of jogging wont hurt this time of the year. Thanks!

  5. I think that staying healthy has more to do with exercising than dieting. Actively taking part in a sport (martial arts is in my opinion one of the best sports as it requires you to put a lot of time into it in order for to progress) can really help burn calories. Especially when you do it at least two times a week. You not only strengthen your body but you also burn fat.

  6. “Studies have shown that 30% of all diets are permanently laid to rest during the months of November and December” — I was actually thinking that the percentage is much higher! Everything boils down to discipline. Hopefully I’ll have the discipline to follow your guidelines above.

  7. I always try to staying fit and healthy during the holidays. However, I feel really difficult because normally during the holidays we like to have a family gathering which didn’t help me on the food intake. But for this time I will again try to control my food to choose the healthier one.

  8. Come to think about it, It’s not that hard to stay active. Even during holiday season, you just have to put aside the thought that you are doing it as a mandatory routine. Use the free time of the holidays to walk around, try new things (maybe try some sport of new physical endeavors).Lastly, try to avoid staycations, it will force you be sedentary.

  9. Staying fit and healthy during the holidays is a tall order indeed. It’s hard to get up early because of the weather and all sorts of foodie temptations can be found left and right. What I try to do is set my alarm an hour earlier than usual to make time for a quick run in the morning. It’s all about time management, I guess.

  10. Wow I really needed this coz lord know I was just about to fall off the bandwagon -especially being that Thanksgiving feasting is coming up and all lol. But ok ok I will maintain my control but still enjoy myself. I won’t stuff myself, only thing that will be stuffed is the Turkey. Promise!

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