With holiday cookies, family dinners, and an endless list of Christmas movies to watch, who really has time for working out. When motivation is at an all time low, it can be hard to workout until a New Year’s resolution is made. For Blogmas day 4 I wanted to share my ways that I stay healthy during the holiday season. The way I achieve this doesn’t result in missing out on any of the festive fun!
Last Sunday I spent two hours making every meal for the week. It was a lot of work in the beginning but I can’t tell you how nice it was to come home at the end of the day to a cooked meal. During this crazy season make sure to stock up on some chicken that’s already cooked or some veggies that are already thrown in with lettuce. This way when you’ve spent the day wrapping presents and you just want to order in, you know that there is a dinner already waiting for you in the fridge.
Make Smarter Choices:
At work there were a bunch of warm Insomnia Cookies as a end of semester surprise. I can not tell you how badly I wanted to eat each and every cookie. And although I could have gone with eating four, I just had one. It was a special holiday tradition at work and I didn’t want to feel left out. But, just because I wanted to participate doesn’t mean I had to eat a ton of cookies! Just one would suffice the craving and even though the smartest choice would be to pass, eating one cookie is still better than four.
Workout with Family/Friends
Hanging out with friends doesn’t always have to include a coffee meetup or a dinner date. Something as easy as going for a walk or motivating each other during sit ups! Find that friend or family member who’s looking for a fun way to stay healthy and keep each other accountable!
Something is Better Than Nothing
I get it… it’s the holidays. No one wants to do anything more except enjoy the craziness of the season. And that should totally be taken into account! Chances are that you’re not going to be doing your normal workout routine, but something is better than nothing. If you can only get into the gym for 30 minutes, that’s better than no gym at all. If you can’t make it to the gym, a five minute Blogilates workout is better than none.
Workout how you want and with what you like
If you hate running then you’re absolutely not going to enjoy your workout. Staying active should be enjoyable and easy to look forward to. The endorphin’s that you gain after a sweat shesh should be an added bonus to your enjoyment of the workout. So find something you like doing, rock climbing, cycling, gymnastics, and just move!
Don’t be too hard on yourself
And finally don’t be too hard on yourself. It’s a hard time for portion control and it’s almost impossible to say no to Christmas desserts. Give yourself some Grace. You’re human after all. One night of lasagna won’t kill you, just like one great workout won’t give you those six pack abs. Understand that everything is a process and it’s a journey not a to-do list that you’re trying to accomplish.
Give yourself some Grace. You’re human after all.
So know that with all the temptations and all the lack of motivation that may come your way, there is flexibility in your journey. Tomorrow is a new day to try and be better than the day before.
I hope this post helped or at least motivated someone to go to the gym today. Enjoy your day and thanks for reading Blogmas Day 5