We all get excited when we think of the holidays coming. It can be easy to get all caught up in errands, parties and work. Let’s remember what this season means for us and use 3 simple steps to an amazing holiday season.
Holidays are ALWAYS filled with joy, excitement, and fun!
To create your ideal holiday and make this time meaningful, truly commit to taking action this holiday season. Here are three simple steps to get you started:
1. Get up and move with your family!
So it might be inevitable that you are going to eat more, but why does this mean that you are going to move less? Outside of overeating during the holidays people also tend to skip their daily fitness routine. There is no reason why you can’t do it all! We encourage you to spend outdoor time with your family. Moving is one of the best ways to avoid those additional holiday pounds.
Don’t be afraid to get creative with movement:
-Have a dance competition with your family – “Just dance” is great if you have an Xbox
-Get a partner and schedule your workouts into your calendar in permanent marker
-Park as far as possible from any store so you have to walk
-Perform 5 minute interval exercises (push ups, jumping jacks, running in place, crunches, etc.)
-Walk at a steady pace whenever going from one place to the next
-Play games with the kids in your family because they are usually filled with energy
-Use your Fitbit or a smartphone app and get in your 10,000 steps each day
-Sign up for a holiday race
So what is your exercise plan for the holidays?
2. Focus on more than the food
People often spend more time focusing on all the food and the sweets that they will eat rather than the wonderful conversations that they can have. The key to controlling yourself during the holiday is to become distracted by something other than highly caloric items. Spend time telling stories, playing games, singing, dancing, and having fun! The more time you spend doing something outside of eating, the easier it will be to avoid another unhealthy holiday season.
Feel free to play a new family game, go on a family hike, do an art project, sing songs, dance around the house, etc. Holidays are intended to create new traditions and lots of memories so use this time wisely because when looking back you will be overjoyed with the memories that you captured.
Challenge for you: Have at least a ten-minute conversation with five people before taking your first bite of food at any holiday party.
3. Be generous
One of the best ways to stay calm, content, and cheerful this time of year is to act generously with your loved ones, colleagues, and friends. This doesn’t mean you need to spend a ton of money or do outlandish things, but the act of giving is the most rewarding experience you can create for yourself.
This can mean giving your time, a small gift, writing a note or simply expressing your gratitude.
You can define generosity however it is best for you, but during this holiday season, make a commitment to experience the gift of helping the people you care about most. This is the ultimate solution to creating a stress-free holiday!
As Winston Churchill so eloquently said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
We really want to empower you to take action this year because you deserve to THRIVE.
Taking control of your food, movement, and stress is within reach and the ideas we just discussed will help guide you during this time of year.
Yes, the holidays can be stressful.
Yes, you will be exposed to tons of food.
Yes, you might need to spend time with people you do not enjoy.
Yes, travel can be exhausting.
But this year will be different because you are prepared to put your health first and you have us to help you.