The holiday's are coming! Now that October is almost over, it's time to start thinking about visiting friends and family. It's time to start planning for parties and gatherings that are focused around food. It can be almost impossible to keep on your healthy eating schedule when there are so many temptations.
In a lot of ways, this time of year is also a way to pay honor to memories from our childhood. Maybe there is a particular dessert that you always make for the holiday's. Maybe there is a certain food or drink indulgence you wait for every year. The holiday's are meant for experiencing old traditions and bringing new traditions to the table. We shouldn't shun these indulgences simply because they no longer fit our lifestyle. Traditions help remind us of our past and my even reinforce our current lifestyle once we've indluged.
One way to survive holiday indulgences is to have a strong fitness routine. The kind that if you miss it - you really miss it. I routinely take fitness classes such as Spin, Yoga or Mega-former. But I also make sure to workout on my own at least 5 days a week. Working out on my own includes running once a week, using elliptical machines, a stair master, walking on treadmills and weight lifting.
Since I have a strong fitness routine, when I don't get to exercise I notice the difference. Exercise has many benefits like stress reduction and weight management. Did you know exercise also helps keep our gut healthy? It does! In fact, exercising regularly helps to keep the digestive tract moving. Which means it supports regular bowel movements. If you aren't pooping once a day, the waste that has accumulated in the body is just sitting there.
We've been led to believe that the regularity of our bowel movements is unique to each individual. This is wrong information! We need to have a daily bowel movement to ensure waste is excreted from our bodies. When we don't poop everyday, it can result in hemorroids, loss of appetite, headaches, fatigue and bad breath. (Source: Power of Positivity) Exercise helps us poop everyday.
What if you don't have an exercise routine? The holiday season may make it feel impossible to add something new to an already busy schedule. The good news is that you don't have to spend a lot of money or time trying to be more physically active during the holiday's. Here are some tips on how to exercise during the busy holiday season.
TIP #1: PARTICIPATE IN A FUN RUN/WALK
I don't know about you but when I pay for something ahead of time, I am more likely to stick to my commitment. After all, spending my hard earned money is a great motivator! Fun Run/Walks are popular in many towns around holiday time. There are usually turkey trots around Thanksgiving or a holiday run/walk to do in December.
What is also great about these events are you can get a bunch of family and friends together to participate. Just think about how good you will feel after doing a run/walk before eating a large meal. This could be a start of a new tradition!
TIP #2 SCHEDULE THE TIME
Writing down my exercise routine in a calendar is a commitment to myself. It is very motivating to see what I have planned for the upcoming week. Also, it is very satisfying to see the past activities I did. Seeing something in writing is a great way to make sure you do it! Writing down your workout routine works even if you don't belong to a gym. Writing down your schedule to take a bike ride or to power walk from store to car while doing errands, helps you account for the physical activity you are getting everyday.
TIP #3 DON'T FEEL GUILTY WHEN YOU HAVE TO RESCHEDULE A WORKOUT
Let's face it, the long term goal of good health is one of the core reasons to having an exercise routine. Getting busy during the holiday's makes this more challenging. Keeping your schedule flexible will make you happy and want to continue exercising even when your are very busy.
If you thought you were going to workout one night but wanted to attend a party instead, just look at your schedule and choose a different day and time to keep your commitment to yourself. LIFE HAPPENS! Revising your schedule to stay on track is better than not exercising at all. The holiday's are meant to enjoy visiting with family and friends. Don't make your exercise schedule so restrictive you miss out on life.
TIP #4 MAXIMIZE MOVEMENT THROUGHOUT THE DAY
What happens when your schedule gets so busy, you simply can't exercise? This is when you need to maximize movement throughout the day. Take the stairs instead of escalators or elevators. Park the car further from the office building or store so you can walk more. If you can get a standing desk at work, get one. Standing is one of the best ways to keep your body active. The website JustStand.org statest the following health benefits from standing more than sitting:
Supports Bone Health because bones require regular movement to stay strong.
Reduces the risk of Cancer since regular movement boosts antioxidants that kill free radicals in the body.
Increases circulation which supports every major system in the body.
Enhances brain flow since oxygen and nutrients are delivered to the brain through improved blood flow.
I hope you found this post inspiring and it helps you stay active during the holiday season. At times it may be difficult to fit it all in, but if you stay committed to yourself, you'll feel so much better during the holidays! Regular movement results in more energy, better sleep and less stress, which is badly needed during the holiday season.
If you try any of the above tips, please let me know in the comment box below. I'd love to hear how it is working for you.
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