Are you struggling to stay on point with your fitness and health goals?
It’s no joke, these last months of each year are a test when it comes to making healthy choices.
Yes, it’s busy. It’s fun. It’s the season of cheer and…
sweets, treats, and feasts are everywhere. It’s a food festival!
Add planning, shopping, and celebrating… and oh my, this hustle and bustle can be a full time job.
So where does this leave us?
And there’s no time, or energy, for that workout…
Before you gasp and indulge that inner voice that screams, “I’m gonna get fat!” let’s take another look.
Creating a sustainable healthy lifestyle will always require managing the ups and downs.
Vacations, holidays, and family obligations are just a few of the things that make reaching your health goals more of a journey than destination.
What does that mean?
To create a sustainable lifestyle we get to practice correcting, adjusting, adapting, and re-assessing, which is a good thing. Fluidity over rigid planning in life is much easier on our bodies and minds.
These ten tips will help you manage your exercise expectations & results:
1. Be realistic. Chances are you will get off track. Give yourself permission to design a realistic exercise plan during this time.
2. Be flexible. You may need to change your plan. Let that be okay.
3. Look for the good. If you find yourself focused only on what you’re not doing, and you begin to criticize yourself… pause that negative thought! Replace it with a positive thought. Acknowledge the times you choose movement as a victory. Admire the parts of your body that are feeling and looking healthy. It’s true, where your attention goes, energy flows.
4. Exercise with a buddy. It’s easier to show up when you make a plan with a friend.
5. Find a coach. Be a coach. Having a partner in health is powerful. Find yourself a friend that has similar goals and text each other encouragement. Cheer each other on, share an inspiring quote, see how they are doing. Connection makes the most difficult tasks seem possible.
6. Take a walk. Just move whenever you can. Walk during lunch instead of reviewing social media. Take the stairs. Just keep moving…
7. Try online resources. Can’t get out? There are thousands of online exercise videos, if you’re not able to get outside or into the gym improvise.
8. Try mindful movement. Give yourself the gift a yoga class – it’s movement that helps both your mind and your body to navigate the holidays with a sense of peace.
9. Make movement a tradition. Get up on those special holiday mornings and share a walk, run or bike together. It’s good for your relationships and your body!
10. Be gentle with yourself. This is HUGE. Perfection is an illusion that Photoshop created. Allow yourself to let go of what you think should be happening to be with what IS happening. In the midst of the swirl is a special time if you let it be.
Enjoy yourself. Enjoy your family and friends. And yes, enjoy the food… in moderation. You’ll get back on track as you step into the new year.
Give yourself credit where credit is due. You are on a mission to take care of yourself, that’s worthy of a cheer!
Go with the flow. Enjoy this moment, mindfully, it’s the path to a lighter brighter life!
WRITTEN BY Hanna Tate | CONTENT DEVELOPED & REVIEWED BY CURA Director of Nutrition-Christi Bowling, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD who is a Masters Level Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with 12 years of experience in corporate wellness, medical nutrition therapy and sports nutrition. She is certified in both Sports Dietetics, and Adult Weight Management.