Staying on top of your mental and physical health around this time of year is no easy task. There was a Thanksgiving feast we all survived, Christmas cookies are right around the corner, it’s cold, and everyone is very busy with something.
There is A LOT of temptation this time of year and it’s easy to write off exercise and your health and fitness altogether. What you need to remember is that you’re not a horrible person for eating some sweets, you’re not going to balloon up instantly, and your workout regimen hasn’t imploded on itself. Don’t get discouraged! It’s ok to treat yourself, or to go enjoy some family time, just make sure you’re taking care of yourself with healthy outlets as well. Finding a balance and keeping your health in mind is the best thing you can do!
If you know you’re going to be devouring fudge and candy canes these next few weeks, try to plan a time for yourself to get in some physical activity. And if you’re going to be busy with cleaning, cooking, or traveling, try to exercise beforehand. It doesn’t need to be a three hour long grinder that leaves you feeling like a tight-strung ukulele, but getting in at least 30 to 45 minutes a session will help you keep the weight off and help to keep yourself sane. Many studies have shown that exercise is great at relieving stress so that allows you to kill two partridges with one pear tree. So many people decide to start exercising for their New Year’s Resolution but why not get started a month in advance and feel better faster!
Christmas is my favorite holiday and trust me I also find it a delicious and busy time of year, so if I am striking a note with anyone reading this I’ll see you in the gym. Pitter patter lets get at ‘er!