(reposted for new readers)
Why You Don’t Quit for the Holidays
On Monday I posted some tips for not overeating during Thanksgiving. The good news is that Thanksgiving and Christmas are JUST ONE DAY. That means if you do overeat a little, it’s not the end of the world. It’s one slip up, that can be reversed if dealt with immediately.
How is that possible, you wonder?
Basically with continuing your exercise.
I think the biggest struggle a lot of people have with the holidays is the fact that they Fall Off the Wagon. I’ve done this too. I stop counting calories, I eat things I normally don’t eat, I skip workouts because of parties, out of town guests, traveling, etc.
The trick is to KEEP AT IT. Don’t fall off that wagon because it’s so hard to get back on it.
- Office parties
- Dinner parties
- Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner
- Family parties
- Cookie parties
- Christmas cookies, foodie gifts, holiday baking….
The temptations are everywhere!
Try and fit in some exercise like your normal routine dictates. If your normal routine is to run twice a week at lunchtime, do it. If your normal routine is to go to the gym after work, do it.
The holidays can be stressful. Not enough time and being pulled in a million directions but we must take care of ourselves. I know for me, if I don’t get my exercise I will become stressed and irritable. I won’t have that outlet for my stress which normally cures my irritably…so without that I will eat for comfort, drink more, eat things I wouldn’t normally want.
I’ve already planned my workout routines for the coming holiday season. I found out my gym will be opened restricted hours on Thanksgiving so I fully plan on going in early Thanksgiving morning to get in what I can.
The gym is not open on Christmas day but if the weather holds up, I hope I can squeeze in a run sometime.
If not, I will hop on the bike trainer in the living room and pedal away while I watch A Christmas Story.
My hope is that the gym will be emptier and emptier as the holidays progress. 😉 More room for me!
Seriously….don’t be one of Those People that only exercises in January and February because of New Year’s Resolutions! Let’s start a tradition of Staying Sane During the Season and exercising!!
QUESTION: Is exercise the first thing that goes away during the holidays? How is this year going to be different for you?