It’s that time of year again!
It’s time to trim and decorate, not to mention slack off and over indulge. Or at least that’s the general consensus among folks this time of year.
But what do you do when you’re a fitness minded individual? The holiday season can create a tug of war between enjoying the holiday season and staying in shape. Usually, you can either take it easy and relax or fight every temptation to try and stay on the diet or workout plan.
When I was younger, I always felt like I couldn’t win. If I stayed true to my fitness plan I felt like I was missing out on the festivities. If I gave into the fun, food, and revelry I found I lost ground in fitness.
Thank heavens those days are past! For the past few years, I’ve literally been having my cake and eating it too. Plus eggnog, gingerbread and all kinds of goodies. This time of year is no longer a can’t win situation. Now, I just can’t lose thanks to the following ideas.
Whatever you do, stay the course with your daily and weekly habits. If you workout 3 times a week, continue to workout 3 times a week. If you have a salad for lunch, try to keep to that as well. Don’t make the mistake of throwing up your hands in surrender and vow to get back on track after New Years. Remember, a good diet or workout plan is one that seldom ever requires “getting back on track” with.
When life changes, it’s important to be flexible in your plan. As I explain in Fitness Independence, having a strict routine is where people get into trouble. They feel like if they can’t do something 100% then what’s the point of doing it at all?
There are still more than enough reasons to do whatever you can, even if that means bending the rules a little. If you can’t eat perfectly well at a dinner, don’t overeat and give up. Work on portion control or eating more slowly. If you don’t have time for your full workout, see if you can change it to accommodate the time you do have. The only way you can “screw up” your fitness habits is to quit doing them and vow to get back on track some other time.
Learn and experiment
This is the best time of year to experiment and learn new habits. Don’t worry if you can’t make anything work perfectly. Chances are nothing was perfect, to begin with. Instead, learn how to progress your training and habits so they are more effective.
Not only have these ideas helped me during the holidays, but they have been a blessing throughout the year. After all, influences trying to erode your fitness habits lurk around every birthday party, sporting event, or cause weekend get together. By learning how to handle the holidays with ease, you’ll not only be better off come this January but every month thereafter.