You can create your own solution to Holiday over eating and under exercising in 4 easy steps…. I bet you don’t work out through the holidays like you do during your regular schedule! I bet you don’t even eat quite the same!
I know that I don’t! Mainly because my scheduled classes don’t take place and I need the break from the gym and a regimented schedule. But let me tell you if I don’t schedule in some exercise, it can get pretty depressing and I can get pretty cranky!
I don’t know about you, but I look forward to working out. I find that it really gets me motivated and focused on any given day to be happier, more energetic!! It has been proven that happy chemicals in the body are ignited when we move!
So for those of you who try to keep a schedule of exercise throughout the holidays here are some helpful tips!
1. Make a plan ~ and do your utmost to make it work. Plain and simple schedule in a time of day to work out and do some form of exercise/movement. It can be done in the house around the things that you are doing.. The regular ~ park at the very end of the parking lot when you do your shopping and make sure you walk lots and lots while you are shopping. (Dance around the Christmas tree, or walk around the house lots admiring your decorations). Be sure that if you can’t actually exercise one day, that you move as often as you can. Squats when you are sitting around, lunges as you walk from room to room, dance as you go from room to room.
2. Eat enough, but not too much. Make a plan to eat only what you need to eat to help your body. When you over eat you will be extra tired and you won’t have the energy you would like. It makes a huge difference when you eat to nourish rather than to eat just because it is there and it makes someone else feel good that you are eating what they have so lovingly prepared. Don’t you just hate how you feel when you overeat and get sooo tired after that big gorge?
3. Make sure that if you do overdo it… You don’t beat yourself up mentally!! Doing so is far worse for your being than those sweets and over eating that you have done! So you are bound to mess up a couple times over the holidays. No big problem, I am sure you know that it isn’t the time between Thanksgiving and the New Year that gain you the most weight and out of control habits… it is by far more problematic when we keep those habits going from New Years till the Thanksgiving holiday.
4. Don’t let other people’s opinion of what you do interfere with what you are doing. In the long run the choices that you make to be healthier such as eating and exercising will be far more beneficial to you than the looks and comments of those who don’t want to do what you do.. However, they may pick up on some of those habits too!
So what is your biggest concern over the holidays? Eating too much of the bad stuff, eating too much? Not exercising or not moving enough? Share your concerns or experiences below I would love to hear what has worked and what you are looking to working on.