Making time for exercise and prioritizing your life is not always the easiest thing to do; and during the holiday season it is even more difficult. Let’s face it, eating “healthy” this time of year also feels almost impossible! Let’s work together to help make this “Mission Impossible” very possible!
Let’s start by planning ahead – whether it’s your day, week, meal plan or fitting in a workout. This can be applied year round, but it’s vital the holidays when planning around events. Start by looking at your work and social calendar then plan out your meals and set time to workout. The most successful people are those who plan ahead and continue to proactively workout more leading up to the holiday parties. You know the one “where you eat way too much unhealthy food”… Avoiding that holiday weight gain comes from consistency – both exercise and nutrition – instead of trying to make up by burning off the party calories. If time is not on your side, try making your workouts shorter, but more frequent by exercising 4-5 days a week or more if you can. If the family is getting together, maybe even invite a friend or family member to workout with you. A healthy, holiday challenge can keep you on track even through the busiest time of year.
Try planning out your meals for the week ahead of time – start by looking at which meals are dinners out or parties then fill in the rest. What do I need for lunch at work? Which nights am I getting home late? Plan out the week’s menu and try to prep meals ahead when you have free time. Consistency with healthy eating allows you to stay on track between holiday party foods. Remember, one meal is not the end, its repeat offenses over time which can steer you off track.
3 Holiday Health Management Tips:
- Plan meals ahead of time
- Schedule in your workouts
- Remember our health and happiness is what the holidays should be about
Take the time to be proactive as the parties start poppin’. By avoiding playing catch up after the holidays, your future self will thank you. Your health is the most important gift you can give yourself. Make the time for you.