Christmas season is an amazing time of the year family comes to visit, good food, time off work, presents and other festive things. During this time, it is hard to stick to workout schedules and healthy eating plans, because of all the other obligations, that arise. Not to mention the gym is closed so the employees can spend time with their families during the holidays.
Don’t let it stop you!
Take a half an hour or an hour to get some exercise in. Take a brisk walk in your front yard, walk the dog (if you have one), dance to your favourite playlist. Anything you do is exercise, it may not be lifting weights in the gym or intense cardio, but it is still good for the joints as well as yourself. Not to mention, the added rest will help with injury repair and prepare you for your first week back.
That said, I try to get at least thirty minutes of exercise during this time without interrupting the festivities. Thus I carve out small windows of time throughout the day to achieve a full thirty minutes of movement. This is not a recommendation for you to do the same, but to inform you of my solution.
What About the Food
As for nutrition, there is no way to avoid the sweets and abundance of food. Therefore, embrace all of it without any negative thoughts or feeling guilty. The moment that you begin to feel guilty, you are sending the wrong type of energy into the world. Not to get all spiritual, but this time of year is not meant for anything other than spreading love and good vibes. Furthermore, the guilt you are feeling will only amplify the want to indulge in what made you feel guilty in the first place. Thus, creating a never-ending cycle, which is completely unnecessary.
Furthermore, the few days of unhealthy eating will not drastically set back your progress. I know a lot of people claim to gain weight over the holidays, but in truth, it is more a mental game than anything else. You think that there is weight gain until you start to believe the story you’ve made.
As an avid fitness and nutrition enthusiast, there is nothing that can not be reversed through dietary changes. Bare that in mind during this time and prepare yourself to get back on track as the holidays come to a close.
Happy Holidays, and Merry Christmas to you all