As we start to settle into November, tension and stress begins to creep in as well. It is no secret that the holiday season adds much more stress to our everyday lives. On top of planning parties, shopping, cooking and managing our own families, we have to take care of our selves too.
Here are a few tips to make things a bit easier for you:
Plan Ahead- If you know you are going on a vacation or away for more than a few days, try to find a gym in the area or ask who you are staying with if they have a home gym you could use. Locating a gym is half the battle, once you have done that, all you need to do is plan a few work outs.
Commit to Exercise- Lack of motivation is one of the main reasons people don’t exercise! The hardest part of exercise is just getting to a gym or the area that you work out in. Once you are there, just do something to get moving! Anything is better than nothing.
Use All Opportunities- Sometimes you simply don’t have an hour to spare to work out, life happens, and plans fall through, but don’t make excuses for the entire day. I guarantee that you do have 10-minute increments throughout the day that could be used for exercise. Do some body weight exercises or if you have resistance bands you can use those anywhere.
Stay on Track with Nutrition- It is so easy to fall victim to the dessert table at the holiday party because everything is so yummy looking. Remember that there are healthy alternatives. You can make your own healthy dessert or buy the sugar free cookies. In order to be successful with fitness and nutrition, both have to work together. You cannot be fit without proper nutrition and vice versa.
Be Kind to Yourself- It is important to remember that one brownie will not throw off all your hard work in the gym, and it is okay to have cheat meals or sweets, as long as you keep in mind that moderation is key. Even missing work outs is okay. Sometimes you need a break to recover or to simply lay on the couch and watch Christmas movies. Just don’t make it a habit every day. Movement is medicine.
The Holiday season is one of the most stressful times of the year for many people, and exercise is proven to reduce stress! Stay on track!