Keeping It Real Over The Holidays

November 30th, 2016

i27c0464-edit_429x600Let’s be honest about “Healthy Holidays”. Everyone is familiar with portion control, giving away leftovers, limiting alcohol intake, and a ton of other tips that go right out the window when you’re in front of a giant spread of delicious guilty pleasures. The feasting seems to last the entire weekend, and when Monday hits so does all that guilt. Now there are some of you who can follow those tips and maintain your health and fitness regimen… but this article is for the majority. My tips for staying healthy through the holidays are more about the REACTIVE measures you can take to not completely fall off the wagon.

 

LET GO OF THE GUILT

After eating your bodyweight in food, some guilt is inevitable.

 

GUILT = LOW MOOD = CHANGING PRIORITIES… and the bad habits continue whether it be eating MORE because “you already did damage” or taking the opposite route of NOT EATING, which is equally terrible for you.

 

Be kind to yourself! Let yourself enjoy the holidays. You will not gain 10 pounds in a weekend.

 

GET BACK TO YOUR ROUTINE

Once you hit real life again, force yourself to get back to your normal routine. Allow yourself that weekend splurge, but do not let those habits spill into the time between holidays. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is about balance, and you can’t maintain one by going, and staying, off the deep end. Meal prep on Monday night! Even if it’s just for a couple days ahead it will help you mentally to get back on track.

 

IF THAT’S STILL NOT ENOUGH…

Add an extra workout, run an extra mile. Don’t take your holiday decisions out on your body. Nurse it back to health!!

 

BE KIND TO OTHERS THIS SEASON, BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY TO YOURSELF!!

Liz Roberts

Personal Trainer at Better Bodies Fitness and Training

Email her at liz@betterbodies-omaha.com