The holiday marathon season is right around the corner and quickly approaching. This time of year is always full of family, fun, and food! All are great in moderation, but I think we can agree all are also painful when not done in moderation. And the holiday season makes it so these things mentioned above are for some reason always around and easily accessible. Its on us to make sure that even though we are enjoying the holiday season, we are also still taking care of ourselves and not ruining all the hard work you put in the prior months leading up to this time of year.
This year I am going to commit to enjoying myself this holiday season, but in a different capacity than previous years. As mentioned above, the very fun holiday season activities we all love to participate in also carry negative connotations that affect us all. Through my research and own personal experiences, I’ve come up with a plan to enjoy this years holiday season without dealing with all the unwanted stress and without ruining all the hard work I put in at the gym the past 6 months.
1.)By Saying Yes and No to the Right Holiday Events- We all have done it, try to cram everything we possibly can without collapsing. This time of the year should be fun, but it seems like more often than not we spend most of this season going to parties or events because of feelings of obligation. Practice saying yes to the plans that excite you and no to the ones that you don’t need attend.
2.)Make Yourself a Priority- As soon as our schedules get a little weird the first 2 things we let slip away are Diet and Exercise. It takes time to workout and its easier to just grab whatever food is lying around, the hard part is staying mentally focused and continuing to hold ourselves accountable for our actions. The holiday season makes it easier to become lazy or give yourself a break, but this is the time of year you need to stay laser-focused more than ever.
3.)Enjoy the Holidays for all they are!- I wanted to use this last point to be clear, I want everyone to have as much fun as possible during the holidays this year, I would never want you to give up your favorite foods, drinks or games that make these days special for you all. The main point of focus here is that when those special days come and pass (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years) you re-focus yourself and get back on track. The problem that occurs is we let these “cheat” day’s turn into full seasons, and that’s where we run into some problems.
I hope this helps some of you stay committed to yourselves this holiday season, while still having an absolute great time with family and friends. I wish you all happy holidays and a blessed New Year’s.