‘Tis the season! The holidays are upon us. This means schedules get a little off track, life gets a little hectic, all to make room for some holiday magic. This is a handy guide to getting through the season in a healthy way.
- Eat. During the holiday season, we think about the less fortunate, the homeless, and the hungry. Don’t count yourself among the hungry. Don’t set yourself up for disappointment by relegating “sometimes” foods to the naughty list. Leave the lists to the guy in the red suit. Invite your pal, Moderation, to the festivities. Steal Frosty’s nose if it makes you feel better. Enjoy the decadence, but try adding new veggies to your holiday menu, like garlic mashed cauliflower. Fuel yourself for the activities you are going to undertake.
- Drink. Lots of water. You will feel better. Keep yourself hydrated. Your skin will glow like the star at the top of the tree. It’s easy to confuse hungry and thirsty. Stay ahead of the game by making sure you take time to sip away at some wholesome, refreshing goodness. Your body will thank you.
- Be Merry. Dance. Go Caroling. Make snow angels. Go snowshoeing (particularly if it ends in some form of chocolate). Try skiing. Take your Santa hat to Zumba. Partake in whatever traditions make your holiday great and active. Participate in things that make you happy, don’t work out to punish yourself for indulging in holiday deliciousness. You don’t have to “earn” anything. These joys are seasonal and they are gifts. You don’t earn a gift. The holidays also bring lots of new people to the gym, people with resolutions, goals and visions of a new life. Smile and make a friend. Going to the gym can be intimidating, so be merry and make them feel welcome.
- Expectations. Let the only Barbie doll you obsess over be the one your favourite little girl wants under the tree. Don’t shrink from holiday photos waiting for ten pounds from now to document quality time with your family. People love you and want to capture these memories with you. They don’t just love you ten pounds from now. Make like Frozen and “Let it go!” Enjoy. Don’t beat yourself up and don’t let the season pass you by. The New Year brings new opportunities and Rome wasn’t built in a day. Pursue ‘lightness’ of heart above all things.
- Give generously. Give generously of your attendance at fun holiday classes with your favourite group exercise instructors. Give liberally of your efforts lifting the heavy things in the weight room. When you find time to pop in, give it your all. The wise men in the biblical Christmas story brought frankincense and myrrh, but what people really want from you is your presence (unless either of those things improve the taste of kale or coconut water, in which case bring them too.)
The holidays are all about family, and I’m excited for holiday time with my gym family at GoodLife Fitness. They are the cranberry sauce to my cardio, the gravy to my strength training and the blinking lights of my heart’s delight in blissful meditation at the end of BodyFlow. All the best from my family to yours, and I hope you have a very Merry Fit-mas!
“This post was written as part of the GoodLife Fitness Blogger Ambassador Program,
however all opinions expressed are my own”